Every year new flowers come onto the market for gardeners to grow but knowing which ones to buy without being sure how they’ll turn out can lead to disappointment.
But Which? Gardening has saved you the effort of experimenting, by growing 34 of the new flowers to be released for sale in 2009, and finding nine impressive flowers – five of which really made an impact.
Some of the most highly rated flowers grown and assessed by Which? Gardening include a new rudbeckia with enormous flowers and petals, a brilliantly coloured marigold that flowered for an incredible 17 weeks and lavender that was in bloom ‘almost from the word go’.
Best Buy flowers for 2009
Rudbeckia ‘Cappuccino’ (pictured right) ‘Without any shadow of a doubt, this was the best plant on trial.’
Agrostis nebulosa ‘Fibre optics’ ‘One of those grasses you just have to touch.’
Antirrhinum ‘Spangles’ ‘Normally you’d expect a good antirrhinum to flower for 12 weeks but ‘Spangles’ kept going for a good month after that.’
Marigold ‘Double Mr Majestic’ ‘Strikingly uniform throughout summer and produced hundreds of dazzling gold and maroon striped flowers.’
Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’ ‘This tender perennial looked stunning until the temperatures plummeted.’
Get a great-looking garden
The other recommended flowers in the trial included a new cosmos that just kept on flowering and a cheerful viola that would brighten up any garden.
For advice on how to keep your garden looking good throughout the year, check out our section and, if you’re after details on Best Buy plants or gardening equipment such as lawnmowers, go to our section.
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