When Mr Fothergill’s was undecided which new flower variety to feature on the front cover of the new spring edition of its seed, plant and bulb catalogue, it decided to ask gardeners via social media. The four choices were posted on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, with votes cast on Facebook. In a closely run contest, the winner was fuchsia Amelie, which is part of the Sundancer® series, famed for its neat, compact habit and outstanding garden performance.
Mr Fothergill’s Tom Stimpson comments that although not a brand new series, Sundancers® are not readily available and make a pleasing change from some of the more common varieties. “They are incredibly floriferous, in fact some of the most profuse bloomers I’ve seen, with plants smothered in attractive blooms from early to late summer. The frilly, light pink sepals contrast wonderfully with the intense purple corolla to create a fantastic summer-long show”, he says. “We’ve trialled them for several years, and Amelie is the best in the series. Its neat, upright, yet somewhat lax habit makes it suitable for both patio containers or as a centre plant for a hanging basket – the flowers are well displayed on the plant too, so all of them are clearly visible – no hiding behind the foliage!”
Fuchsia Amelie grows to a height of 30cm (12in) and has a spread of 25cm (10in). A pack of five young plants costs £8.95, but two packs may be ordered for just £6.45 per pack, with a saving of £5.00. The company can accept orders until the end of April 2015, with despatch from late April onwards
To request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2015, which features an extensive range of sweet peas, go online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.