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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Monday, September 11, 2006

2006 Plantarium Introductions

Polygala myrtifolia oppositifolia ‘Polylab’

Plantarium is one of the major trade horticultural exhibitions in the world. It takes place towards the end of August every year in the heart of the horticultural production district of The Netherlands. While horticultural machinery and sundries are important, it is the plant exhibits that are the great attraction. These comprise completely new cultivars as well as new introductions that may have been around in North America, Asia or Australasia for a short time. Prior to the exhibition, this blog and the New Plants pages of the GardenMessenger web-site showcased a few of the new introductions as information became available. The remaining plants that were exhibited and received recognition from the horticultural profession can be reviewd on the GardenMessenger web-site click here.

Amongst the plants reviewed is:-

Polygala myrtifolia oppositifolia ‘Polylab’
‘Polylab’is a crawling, semi-upright shrub with oval-round foliage that resembles eucalyptus leaves. The plant is frost-hardy and flowers from late spring until early autumn. The flowers are purple-pink.‘Polylab’ was originally known as ‘Bibi’.
Photo: Plantarium

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