As a follow-up to our last post, an alarming seven weeks ago, in which we looked at the most searched for plants of 2014, we thought it might be interesting to check out our season’s best sellers. Not just in terms of online sales, but the those plants that best imitated hot cakes across all our sales opportunities – online, at fairs & shows, and direct nursery sales. And – drum roll, please – the top ten is:
1 Potentilla x Tonguei
2 Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet
3 Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Peridot
4 Colocasia Diamond Head
5 Geum Tequila Sunrise
6 Geum Mai Tai
7 Primula Francisca
8 Angelica Ebony
9 Polemonium Stairway to Heaven
10 Agastache Raspberry Summer
The Potentilla x Tonguei that tops the charts is a best seller of long standing, its compact spreading habit and gorgeous apricot flowers always proving popular at shows. It managed to register sales from March right through to November, which is no mean feat. The two hardy Delospermas that were hard on its heels, the red Garnet and yellow Peridot, conversely enjoyed a heady three-month sales boom from June through August, which is hardly surprising, as they were in non-stop flowering mode for that period.
We were, frankly, rather surprised to find the glossy-leaved Colocasia Diamond Head riding so high in the charts, but there it is, recording strong sales from May to early September, when the last ones of the 2014 batch found new homes at the Dorset County Show. Less surprising are the high positions of the Geums Tequila Sunrise and Mai Tai, which very definitely did the hot cakes thing in the early summer months when they were a frothy mass of blooms. Primula Francisca, with its like-me or loathe-me green flowers, was another dominant force in the early part of the season, as it usually is.
Ditto Angelica Ebony, which is regularly one of our first plants to sell out for the season, and last year was no exception. That black divided foliage is just too irresistible for most people. Polemonium Stairway to Heaven is a plant that looks good from early spring to late autumn, with its wonderful cream and green variegated foliage and clouds of blue flowers for weeks on end, so it has a long sales season and wins its top ten placing on that basis. July and August were the big sales months for the bee-friendly Agastache Raspberry Summer which completes our top ten: it not only boasts glorious deep pink flowering spikes, but has strongly scented foliage as an added attraction.
If you had already read our January post, you may have spotted the fact that there is only one plant that makes the top ten both of plants searched for and plants sold. That is the clearly very desirable Geum Tequila Sunrise. Will it hang on to its double accolade in 2015? The coming months will tell us.
Rob & Joanna – February 2015