Local company wins Best New Variety at UK Grower Award


Plants For Europe based in High Hurstwood has won the Best New Variety for Salvia ‘Love & Wishes’.  The UK Grower Awards celebrates the best of UK horticulture.

Plants for Europe's Graham Spencer collecting the Best New Variety award from compère Paul Sinha
Plants for Europe’s Graham Spencer collecting the Best New Variety award from compère Paul Sinha

UK Grower Awards 2016 Trophy for Best New Variety: Bedding and Pot PlantPlants for Europe work with breeders of new garden plants to help them develop and promote their new varieties to the European market and to other markets around the world.  They introduce their varieties to growers, protect their intellectual property and collect royalties on their behalf.  The business is run by Graham Spencer, together with his wife Helen.

Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’, was bred by Australian plant breeder, John Fisher.  It was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015 by Dyson’s Salvias, where it won third prize in the new plant competition.  It went on to win Best In Show at the Horticultural Trades Association National Plant Show and a Silver Medal at the Plantarium show in the Netherlands.

Graham said:

We are delighted with this award.  Love and Wishes is a first class plant from John Fisher and the continued success is a reflection of the quality of the plant breeding.  We have also benefited from the support of a great team of licensed growers who have both ensured a supply of top quality plant material and also got behind promotion of the variety.

Plants For Europe has licensed this plant to some of Europe’s most successful growers, and gardeners will find it in catalogues and garden centres this spring.  Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ enjoys a sunny position in the garden and produces the long claret-coloured flowers from mid-May until autumn frost – an incredibly long flowering season. It is easy to care for, growing happily in patio tubs and pots, and is a favourite with bumblebees!

For more information see loveandwishes.info

Salvia Love and Wishes individual flower
Salvia Love and Wishes individual flower


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