Garden expert Michael Perry with a sneak peek…

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Hello guys!

Hope you’re all doing well! I’ve been having a busy month, but not really in the garden. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the greenhouses of Holland!

I’ve been at the Flower Trials event, with the new product developers from the gardening team at QVC. We are planning the new season of gardening, and we have some amazing flowers to bring you. Today, I’ll give you a sneak peek too!

Gardens are changing, and people don’t tend to have as much space as they used to, often preferring to plant on patio pots. The industry has recognised this, and most large-sized garden plants now come in a shorter compact form – even cottage garden plants are shrinking!

Dahlias for patio

We were particularly taken by a new range of dahlias during the Flower Trials event. Usually, dahlias are a little bit too tall for their own good, needing staking to protect them from the wind.  Shorter dahlias have the same size bloom, but the more diminutive size, which means they can stay neat and intact for you to enjoy.

A couple of months ago we also had Gerbera as our plant of the month. It was incredibly successful, so we know that you guys would like to buy some more. We have found some huge flower types, again suitable for the patio and flowering all summer long.

We also managed to hunt down a lot of flowers that you will recognise from many years ago. I particularly noticed some of my favourites from my childhood years, one example being Godetia. This cottage garden beauty used to grow in my Nana’s garden. It has now been strengthened and remixed for modern gardens, so you can expect some of these retro plants to be coming your way very soon.

(l-r) gerbera and godetia

We also saw lots of edible plants. You can now grow almost anything at home, from wasabi to watercress. Flavour is king when it comes to growing your own, and these new selections are super tasty. Growing your own will always be superior to supermarket produce, so why not make some space for it!

We love bringing you brand-new plants and flowers at QVC. It’s particularly exciting that we can bring you plants that aren’t available in the garden centres. The reason for this is that garden centres have to sell you a plant that looks good on the garden centre bench at that time. However, when you buy from QVC, you are often buying ahead of the season.

(l-r) easy succulents and unusual edibles

Many of the plants that are looking good on those garden centre benches are looking that way because they’ve been treated with a chemical to make them fly when they’re short. Very often, when you plant those into the garden the plants will grow much bigger than you expect. With the plants at QVC, sent in younger plug platform, you can be assured that they are fit and healthy and will grow as the plant you expect.

Plus, of course we have more time to tell you about the plant and how to grow it in your garden, and also share some of the interesting stories behind some of the developments.

(l-r) everlasting flowers, perfumed peonies and retro African violets

I hope you’ve enjoyed what we’ve brought you so far this season, and that you’ll will be with us next year for some of these new introductions.

Meanwhile, take a look at our range of plants  for inspiration.

Happy gardening!

Michael X

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