Greenworld – Spring 2016
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One new release that featured on several stands was the petunia ‘Night
Sky’, which has been winning awards and chalking up good sales in the
US and Europe. This striking petunia has purple flowers smattered with
white stars. After seeing images of it in international publications, it was
good to see the real plant in bloom on the Zoom Gardens stand and in
the People’s Choice Awards.
Sean Caddy from Darwin Plant Wholesalers, who had made the long trip to
the Gold Coast from Darwin, had several new plants to show off including a
compact form of
with golden foliage. Despite the shock
it experienced after heading south from the tropics, the plant, which is called
‘Sunshine Gem’, created lots of excitement among retailers and landscapers.
It would make a bold contrast with the compact purple form of Moses-in-a-
basket, which is widely used in warm climate gardens as a groundcover.
Exhibitor Courtyard Magic used the event to launch ‘Plant Tiles’, which
can be used as fragrant lawns, living mulches or for instant and decorative
ground covers for any space, including rooftop gardens and living walls.
The tiles are grown in trays that measure 33cm x 33cm and only 2.2cm
deep. They are easy to ship and are bound to appeal to gardeners and
landscapers. Plants used include herbs such as thyme, Corsican mint,
pennyroyal, and lawn alternatives such as white star creeper (
), scleranthus and kidney weed (
) along with the
. Franc and Jenny Coonan from Courtyard Magic
said they were delighted with all the interest in their new product.
For more new plants and products see page 37.
Dracaena Farm Nursery's silver award winning greenlife display.
Frank and Jenny Coonan from Courtyard Magic proudly displayed their new Plant Tiles,
launched at the show.