A host of unusual blooms to liven up pots and borders
Wow! Suttons has excelled itself this year with new additions to the flower range – here are my favourites:
Poppy Amazing Grey
Beautiful grey/blue single and semi-double flowers that shimmer in the light like silver for containers and patio pot displays. These vigorous and free-flowering plants are also easy – leave them to self-seed or feed the birds through autumn and winter. Height 51–60cm, spread 21–30cm, £2.99.
This coneflower produces a unique ‘crown’ that sits on top of the cone of pretty pink petals. In the first year, flowers look like ordinary Echinacea, but from the second year, the crowns appear on blooms.
Growing to a height of 90–120cm tall, these stunning flowers will look fantastic growing in your container and patio pot displays. Suitable for cut flowers too, £4.99
Idaho Blue-Eyed Grass – Moody Blues
This isn’t a grass – it’s a cluster-forming, semi-evergreen plant that bears bright blue flowers with darker petals and golden centres, ideal for rock gardens, the front of borders, sinks, or pots.
Loved by bees and other pollinators, height 11–20cm and spread 21–30cm, £2.99.
Dodecatheon Shooting Star Mix
This gorgeous woodland perennial thrives in full sunlight or partial shade, producing clusters of delicate leaves. The flowers create backward facing petals, adding fantastic shapes to beds, borders and pots all summer, in white, pink and purple.
Part of the primula family and related to cyclamen, Shooting Star Mix is perfect for a rockery or planted close to, or under, decorative shrubs and trees. Height 30–40cm tall when in flower, £2.99
Sweet Pea Supersonic
A new and improved ‘jet-set’ type, creating a more compact plant, ideal for containers. This very sweetly scented sweet pea is also suitable for beds and borders.
The mix contains the traditional pastel shades of cottage garden sweet peas but on plants reaching a height of just 30–40cm. It’s ideal for cut flowers, £3.49.
Also known as Georgian Fleabane, this Inula originates in the Himalayas and carries exotic thin petaled, spider-like yellow flowers with woolly buds. This perennial, clump-forming Inula is shorter and much more manageable than regular varieties, suitable for beds, borders and pots.
Bees and birds love the seed heads during the winter and flowers are suitable for cutting. Height 40–50cm, spread 41-50cm, flowers June–August, £2.99
The sparkling, ice-white blooms are topped with a yellow and acid- green cone, lovely in beds, borders and containers.
They’re very winter hardy, unlike many Echinacea and bees love them. Height 71–80cm, £4.99.
Heuchera Bressingham Hybrids
This evergreen perennial produces delicate domes of green leaves topped by white, pink and deep red flowers from spring to autumn, great for beds, borders and pots.
These flowers really stand out in a sunny spot and are good for cutting. Height 51–60cm, £3.99
For more information visit www.suttons.co.uk.