The once-neglected Cirsium is back in vogue thanks to garden designers who now use the genus extensively in mixed plantings and cottage garden landscapes. Leading mail order plant supplier Woolmans has secured a limited quantity of the world’s first white-flowered cultivar of Cirsium rivulare, available to customers from August 2016.
Perennial Cirsium Frosted Magic was featured at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where it was one of 20 finalists in the Plant of the Year competition. The compact, well-branched plants reach a height of 120cm, and their pure white tufted blooms are on show from June through to September, producing even more flowers when dead-headed regularly. They have the added advantage of being attractive butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.
Frosted Magic thrives in most reasonable soils, and does especially well in free-draining, moisture-retentive ones in full sun. It is offered as garden-ready plants along with Cirsiums Pink Blush and Trevor’s Blue Wonder in 9cm pots. Each is priced at £7.95, but buy any three and receive the third free-of-charge, a saving of £7.95. Please add £2.95 p&p to orders.
To request a copy of the Woolmans Cirsiums Frosted Magic, Pink Blush and Trevor’s Blue Wonder, please go online at www.woolmans.com , telephone 0845 658 9137 or write to Woolmans, Western Avenue, Matrix Park, Chorley PR7 7NB.