Best selling plants of 2018 - honourable mentions
Around this time of year we traditionally take a look back over the year just ended and highlight those plants that have proved most popular with our customers. Now, normally we do this from two perspectives: the top ten best selling plants and the top ten most searched for plants on our website. This year we aren’t in a position to offer the latter insight due to our moving the website (and Rob, in his haste, losing all the accumulated search data), so all we know is which plants we sold most of. However, as the top ten was populated entirely by perennials, we though we would allow the other categories of plant a bit of a look in by posting our honourable mentions. And they are (drum roll, please):
Number 1 Climber - Trachelospermum Asiaticum
Number 1 Fern - Polystichum Munitum
Number 1 Grass - Festuca Elijah Blue
Number 1 Shrub - Buddleia Buzz Candy Pink
Number 1 Houseplant - Adenium Obesum
No denying that Trachelospermum Asiaticum is a great choice for a climber to cover a wall or trellis with a southerly or westerly aspect. Jasminoides may be a tad quicker growth-wise, but there is something luxurious about the glossy leather of the leaves on this species, plus the whirligig scented flowers are creamy rather than pure white, and we like that. The American Sword Fern, as Polystichum Munitum is popularly and perhaps more pronounceably known, will make a bold statement in a shady corner once it has reached its statuesque and imposing full size of around a metre in height. And, being evergreen, it looks good all year round. It could well be our favourite among ferns. The popularity of grasses does seem to wax and wane rather (at the moment, they seem to be back in favour), but Festuca Elijah Blue remains a reliable favourite. Unsurprising, really, as he is pretty bombproof, growing just about anywhere and requiring only to be sheared hard back in spring to maintain a restrained but reassuring dusty blue presence in the garden. The Buzz series of buddleias has been around a few years now and was probably the first truly compact form, sparking a host of similar ranges. Candy Pink is as nice as it sounds, with scented conical flowers that are eye-catching without being strident and with all the usual attractions for butterflies and other flying things. With a bit of deadheading they will flower forever, starting earlier than their bigger cousins, and if you prune them hard in spring, a metre or a tad more is as big as they will get. Lastly but not leastly, we have the remarkable Adenium Obesum, which was our second biggest earner in terms of income but not in units sold, so failed to make the top ten overall. There is something strangely attractive about caudiform succulents (or is that just us?) and this one adds to the mix by sporting twisted rooty elements around the base, which is why the Harry Potter generation see in it the mandrake plant of the stories.
And so there we have the honourable mentions. You will just have to contain your excitement until we reveal the top ten best sellers in a few days’ time.
Rob and Joanna