Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit seeds

New range celebrates preferred partner status

A new flower and vegetable seed range from Mr Fothergill’s has been tried, tested and recommended by experts at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) seed range follows the appointment of the seed supplier as the preferred partner for licensed seed products for the RHS.

Mr Fothergill’s retail marketing manager, Ian Cross, said: “We trial all varieties in UK conditions before releasing them into our general seed range, but we have gone even further in the search for trusted garden varieties with our new RHS AGM collection.

“We have worked closely with the RHS to develop a range that we all agree is the best it could possibly be for home gardeners.”

To carry the AGM logo, all plants in the range have been grown and tested in RHS gardens and judged by a forum of industry experts.

Excellent garden performance

Plants only receive the award if they have excellent garden performance, are stable in form and colour and show reasonable resistance to pests and diseases.

Cathy Snow, RHS licensing manager, added: “The AGM ‘seal of approval’ tells gardeners that the plant performs reliably in the garden and is the ultimate guarantee of quality.

“Mr Fothergill’s has a well-earned reputation for its passion to supply the very best quality gardening products and we are delighted to be partnering with such a highly respected company. Mr Fothergill’s seeds are the only RHS endorsed seed range available.”

Available now from garden centres and, the range consists of 61 flower varieties and 57 vegetables.

The flower varieties have, wherever possible, been selected from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list, maintained by RHS entomologists and beekeepers.

Mr. Fothergill’s WW1 centenary flowers

Poppy and sweet pea continue to raise funds for Royal Hospital Chelsea

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Mr. Fothergill’s fundraising links with Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC) continue, with the sale of poppy Victoria Cross seeds. Continue reading “Mr. Fothergill’s WW1 centenary flowers”

New scented verbena from Mr Fothergill’s

Trials manager follows his nose to find fragrant plant

Verbena Scentsation
Trials manager Brian Talman naming Verbena Scentsation at Mr Fothergill’s press day. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

A new and exclusive scented verbena is being launched by Mr Fothergill’s, developed from a chance seedling found at its Suffolk trial grounds.

Verbena Scentsation flowers from June to October, offering a long season of colour and scent.

Each year, the seed specialist grows more than 2,000 varieties of flower and vegetable seeds to make sure they are up to scratch for home garden performance.

Trials manager Brian Talman was captivated by a particularly sweet fragrance while reviewing summer bedding plants. Continue reading “New scented verbena from Mr Fothergill’s”

Best multi-branching sunflowers

Size isn’t everything – go for multiple flowerers

Solar Flash
Sunflower Solar Flash is seen through pale lavender

In late summer, you reap the rewards of growing sunflowers, with the traditional huge yellow heads nodding over the garden.

However, it’s not all about size – popular big ‘uns like Russian Giant (3m), Mongolian Giant (3.6- Continue reading “Best multi-branching sunflowers”

Sweet peas: heritage v new varieties

Old or new flowers – which are best?

Sweet peas Night Sky and Prince of Orange
Sweet peas Night Sky and Prince of Orange (background)

This summer’s sweet peas are just starting to bloom and I was intrigued to see whether heritage types or a new variety would come out on top.

I’ll judge again at the end of the season but here are my findings so far. First, the contenders:

Night Sky (Matthewmans,, £3)

A new introduction, an unusual mauve flake colour (speckled white/blue), bred by David Matthewman in Yorkshire. Described in the catalogue as ‘highly scented, almost shimmering florets set on long stems’. Continue reading “Sweet peas: heritage v new varieties”

Dobies Bulb Catalogue 2017

Vibrant Ranunculus and Anemones not to be missed

Ranunculus Mirabelle Vert Mix
Ranunculus Mirabelle Vert Mix. Picture; Dobies

I’m completely guilty of overlooking some late spring/summer flowering bulbs, partly due to my dad massacring some Ranunculus when I was a kid.

However, no more! Dobies of Devon’s Bulb Catalogue 2017 is released in August with some real stunners.

Bulbs are a decent size for good flowering – an easy way to bring vibrant colour to your garden and home.

The summer bulb catalogue carries varieties for spring planting and summer flowering next year – here are Continue reading “Dobies Bulb Catalogue 2017”