First of its kind! Most customers are familiar with the popular trailing varieties of Sweet Potato Vine. They are one of our standard annual varieties here at the farm and we use them a lot in mixed planters and baskets. Due to some exciting recent breeding work, we are now able to grow the first ever Climbing Sweet Potato Vine, a brand new variety… Read More
Watch the pollinators fly in! This new large annual Salvia Skyscraper is incredibly attractive, not only for us, but also for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and all pollinators, who absolutely adore this plant! Skyscraper caught my eye at grower trials and it was on my wish list immediately. Bright pink flowers appear on tall, sturdy stems and bloom all summer. Salvia Skyscraper flowers vary between… Read More
I love Thunbergia combined with a mix of other strong colours – try with Dragon Wing Begonia Red, Petunia Indigo Charm and Sweet Potato Vine Lime for a colourful vigorous combination.
In September, I attended an open day at one of our young plant suppliers, Sants Greenhouses in Bolton.
Not only is Sedum Lemon Coral vigorous, but being a succulent that stores water in its foliage, it is extremely drought tolerant.
Old fashioned flowers making a come back! Two of the seven hanging baskets that were featured in our 2018 Hanging Basket Challenge used Fuchsias to make a real statement. This showy upright annual with unique hanging flowers comes in many colours and forms and has been around for ‘donkey’s years’. Many of us will remember our Grandmothers growing them. Over the last few years, with many… Read More
Grow your own bouquets this summer! As most of you know, the Flower Farm was originally established in 1993 to grow flowers for cutting and drying. Over the years, as our business evolved and priorities changed, we stopped the field production (2001) and started selling transplants for customers to grow their own at home. Flowers should be planted in full sun in either a… Read More
Have you experienced the ‘Dragon’ yet? Dragon Wing Begonias are one of my favourite annuals of all time – everyone needs a Dragon Wing somewhere in their garden! Flowers are either bright red or soft pink, both with a yellow centre and are held above beautiful glossy green ‘wing’ shaped leaves. The effect is an upright bushy clump with foliage that arches and flowers that hang. The… Read More
Verbenas are great spreaders, both in the garden as a ground cover or in containers where they will trail, growing about 6 – 12” in height.
Begonias are fabulous in shade! Do you have a shady spot where you could enjoy a showy hanging basket? If so I highly recommend trying our Illumination Begonias. Available in Red, White, Salmon Pink and Golden Picotee, these large beautiful blooms will make you happy all season! Plants grow upright, but also cascade, creating a gorgeous hanging flower display. We have grown baskets of individual colours,… Read More