Is it really that time of year again? Well, yes it is. Christmas and New Year out of the way, and it’s onwards and upwards into yet another new season, with all its hidden promise and exciting potential. And, of course, the most exciting bit about a new season is the plants, particularly the new ones. So, without further ado, here is the Paddock Plants list for 2016.
Unusually, we have removed more plants from the list (82) than we have added to it (68), but there is a degree of rationalisation in that. Among the 82 we are saying goodbye to are a large number of aquilegias, which seems wise in light of the spread of aquilegia downy mildew, a disease that has caused such widespread problems for the genus. Among the 68 newbies are some really nice campanulas, such as Iridescent Bells and Silver Bells, an exciting new cross in Rhodoxis Fairy Tale, the remarkable recent introduction Sambucus Black Tower, and a return to growing some hostas, which have not featured much on our recent lists.
We will try to highlight some of the new additions on this blog before the season gets fully underway. Mind you, since things usually start to get busy come February, that doesn’t leave long, does it? Happy New Year to you all and here’s to an exciting 2016!