We champion new varieties and are always on the look for exciting innovations. In this edition discover a range of novelties  that each have an alluring detail.

Brunnera macrophylla is an old favourite for shadowy spots. However “Jack’s Gold” brings in a warm glow to the crisp contrasted leaves in which the green veins are visible as a blood-way through the entire heartshaped surface. Woodland type of gardens will benefit from this serene beauty as it allows for an exciting dimension in combinations with orange tones, like those found in Crocosmia “Orange Pekoe”.

Oh, please, do give this new variety a very good and close look: the stamen are an absolute delight in salmon pink. The blossoms look as if they have been crafted from the finest gumpaste and could adorn a wedding cake.

The flower appears romantic and glowing against the grey-green foilage. This Geranium sanguine “Pink Summer” is exactly as its name suggest, a forebode to a dewy, warm and lucid summer day.

Marietta Blau, no she was not a flower, she was an Austrian Nuclear Physicist. We wouldn’t know for sure but we may guess that one has had to be a strong character of a female to acquire a PhD in Physics in the 1920s in Austria.

And this is precisely why we are fond of this Veronica longifolia “Marietta”: bold and beautiful spikes of dashing blue. Addictive to pollinators and a daring lady to behold.

We’d give her a PhD in intrepidness!

Are you in for a ruffled treat in caramel pink? Heuchera “Frilly” is such a thrill as it unfolds in all its glory of multi-coloured foilage. It bears the happiness of a spring greeting.

This photogenic charmer will make for a glorious attraction on social media – but most of all will magnetise a variety of plant lovers due to its unique looks and compact size.

Far away from Korea this jolly fellow has found his way to our Dutch soil and we can say: well done!

The rosettes in fact remind us of roses that have opened up to soak up all the light and goodness of a newborn day.

In cooler weather this serrated leafy wonder will blush with a soft pink hue only increasing its charm down the way.

If you have a garden that combines different zones of shadow and sun we think this would make a lovely companion to Achillea millefolium ‘Peachy Seduction’ as they will gently reflect each others colours from afar…

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.

Sylvia Plath

This Salvia “Amethyst Lips” is a dainty seductress. A bi-colour variety that is loved by pollinators and enjoys a long flowering season. Need we say more?

Ah yes: don’t wait until someone else snathes it away and enjoys their fragrant kisses instead of you…

And speaking of kissing, this seductive burnet in a deep red reminds us of the Pantone colour of the year 2015 Marsala.

Just like the wine this delicious dainty pom-pom unfolds in all its sweetness amongst rich green foilage.

Combine this warm colour with an opposing spectrum colour, like brushed steel, and place next to a sculpture for maximum effect.

Sanguisorba officinalis “Morning Select”

Echinacea Echinacea ‘Sombrero Ad. Orange’

Monarda ‘Leading Lady Plum’

Another bi-colour Salvia has made it to our selection: Azure Snow. Since Meadow Sage is a real heat lover this sparkling variety will handle these hot summers really well and give a buzz not only when the bees come to visit for its lovely nectar.