Check Know About Latest Unique Plants


At our plant breeding site on the outskirts of Ipswich, the current team grows around 2.5 million plants every year! The development of new varieties can often take 10 years, so careful planning and anticipation of demand, competition and trends are essential for the success of the breeding program. Peter Freeman, our new product development manager, continues to ensure that the highest quality plants come out of our nurseries.

If you have already discovered a new unusual plant variety, it could be due to natural cross-pollination. but it is more likely that this is the result of intentional hybridization. At T&M, we have a long and proud – and award-winning – history of developing new varieties in our own breeding program.

We are one of the few British seed companies to operate a special flower breeding program, and we specialize in unusual annual and perennial species. During his stay at T & M, breeder Charles Valin led the program, which managed to select many new and exciting varieties. These include her famous thimble ‘Illumination Pink’, which won the RHS Chelsea Flower Show plant of the Year in 2012.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 unique breakthroughs in our breeding program-many of which are exclusive worldwide. Add them to your planting to make your garden stand out:

1. Fresh ‘just add cream’

It took eight years to develop Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’ – but it was worth it. It tastes different from any store-bought strawberry, has an intense scent – and it produces up to 1 kg of fruit per plant!

2. Buddleja ‘Butterfly Towers’

Nominated for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019, Buddleja ‘Butterfly Towers’ has a unique and erect habit that forms a majestic tower of purple-purple flowers. Easy to grow and ideal for covering and shielding, it attracts bees and butterflies all summer long.

3. Mix of Cosmos bipinnatus Cupcakes and saucers’

Voted Cosmos bipinnatus’Cupcakes and Saucers Mix’ as the most popular garden cosmos as part of the annual RHS People’s Choice competition in 2016, it combines a variety of flower shapes and pastels. It has a unique flower shape and blooms all summer until October.

4. Rudbeckia ‘all mixed varieties’

Rudbeckia ‘ All Sorts Mixed’ contains all your favorite Rudbeckia in a spectacular blend, including the best-selling Rudbeckia’ Cherry Brandy’. These sturdy sun hat flowers have excellent garden performance and the long-lasting flowers make excellent cut flowers.

5. Cosmos – bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes’

Instead of having separate petals like most Kosmos petals, all the petals of our Kosmos Cupcakes are merged into a single Cup, which completely modifies the normally daisy-like flower. Voted a favorite of visitors to RHS Garden, it is easy to grow and looks great in rain, sun or drought.

6. Hellebore ‘Breeding Mix’

With fascinating colors, patterns, spots and ruffles, Hellebore ‘Breeder’s Mix’ is perfectly bred and comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, green, black, red and apricots. Perfect for brightening up a shady area of the garden in after winter and early spring

7. Cosmos Bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’

Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is the first early flowering apricot Cosmos and our flower of the year 2020. perfect for a sunny location, it gives the beds and borders a soft and airy feeling and blooms continuously throughout the summer.

8. Begonia ‘fragrant events improve™ – apricot pleasure’

The double flowers of ‘Apricot Delight’ have a very distinct and beautiful fragrance. These hanging begonias bloom all summer and well into autumn and look spectacular in baskets and planters where their fragrance can really be appreciated.

9. Buddleja ‘Buzz® Sky sapphire’

In 2009, our successful Buddleja ‘Buzz™’ was launched, which the following year won the award for the best new plant variety by the breeder of the year. The world’s first ‘Patio Buddleja’, this dwarf variety ‘Buzz® Sky sapphire’, will not conquer your garden – but still produces tons of flowers that attract butterflies.

10. Penstemon ‘Ice Cream Collection’

Including three fantastic varieties, the long-lasting flowers of Penstemon ‘Ice Cream Collection’ continue until autumn. Undemanding and easy to grow, they tolerate almost any position in the garden, regardless of rain or drought – and even resist damage caused by snails.

Thanks to the continued success of our breeding program, we have introduced more species and varieties to the British horticultural public than any other mail order company in the industry. In 2019, we added more than 60 new varieties to our seed range – our largest to date.

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