Multi-award-winning UK nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, will be setting RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ablaze next week, with two new Crocosmia introductions on their stand FM251.
The new Firestars Series of Crocosmia has been developed by Paul Lewis, an amateur plant breeder and hybridiser, specialising in Crocosmia and Gladiolus on the Isle of Wight. Paul has spent the last 25 years breeding new varieties on his allotment and garden. His most notable success to-date has been Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’, which was recently awarded an RHS Award of Merit.
Having met Rob and Rosy Hardy, they introduced Paul to the commercial nursery Walter Bloms Plants in Holland, who have trialled several of Paul’s new introductions. The best performers have been selected for launch as the new Firestars Series, which will be grown and sold to gardeners from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.
Visitors to Hardy’s stand at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be able to view a vibrant display of the new yellow Crocosmia Firestar ‘Hotspot’ (above right) and perhaps the most apply named in the current UK heatwave – Firestar ‘Scorchio’! (pictured below right)
The new bi-coloured Crocosmia series feature bright shades of yellow through to orange and all share similar characteristics of arching, multi flowering stems, which emerge from late June through to July. The Firestars Series all form dense clumps which will reach around 80cm (32”) in height.
Commenting Rosy Hardy said, “We are delighted to be able to launch these two new exciting hot coloured Crocosmia at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Breeder Paul Lewis has devoted the last 25 years to producing these stunning plants and we are looking forward to introducing them to gardeners this summer.”
She continued, “It’s 25 years this year since the RHS took over the running of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. That 1993 Show was a very special one for us as we received our first RHS Gold medal and we also won the Tudor Rose Award for the Best Floral Exhibit! So, we are looking forward to celebrating the anniversary with hopefully, another award-winning display, a quarter of a century on!”
Paul Lewis will be joining Rosy and Rob Hardy on their stand on press day (2 July) and he will be happy to talk to the press about the new breeding of the Firestars Series.
The new Firestars Hotspot and Scorchio cost £8 For a 3 litre pot and will be available to buy from Hardy’s stand at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, from their Nursery in FreeFolk, Hampshire or online at www.hardysplants.co.uk