Other new additions to the Johnsons flower collections include Dianthus Hollandia Purple Crown
(RRP £2.40 for 100 seeds), a beautiful annual flowering sweet william. Trialled at the Johnsons grounds in Kentford, the scented blooms come highly recommended for cut flowers and classic border displays. Zinnia Cresto Mixed
(RRP £2.85 for 50 seeds), is a striking crested ‘scabious’ type, with long lasting domed blooms on sturdy stems, perfect for cutting.
Further highlights include Calendula Calexis Yellow
, which showcases unusual quilled, spiky petals. These hardy annual, easy to grow bright flowers provide season long colour and have an RRP of £2.40 for 75 seeds. Antirrhinum Twilight Mixed
(£2.40 for 750 seeds), is a compact new variety, with attractive dark, almost black foliage which contrasts with the colourful blooms. Alison Mulvaney, Johnsons Technical Manager commented “We’ve been watching this variety for a few years through the supplier’s breeding programme, so it’s great to finally see it available for us to sell to our customers. We think it will be a really popular addition to the Johnsons flower range.”
Both of these flowers have been awarded Fleuroselect Approved Novelty status, having been recognised by the Fleuroselect judges to be sufficiently new and different to existing cultivars and having passed the rigorous requirement for uniformity.