Horticulture Week Podcast

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The legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom on star plants, new plants and the need to preserve key horticultural skills

Season 2, Ep. 7

With more than half a century of plantsman's knowledge and a VMH in 1986, legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom has reissued his book Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses 10 years after its first publication.


He chooses 400 perennials and grasses and makes 64 timeless selections and 12 top plants, narrowed down to plants including a hellebore, bergenia, miscanthus, brunnera, hosta, sedum, crocosmia, rubeckia and 'plant of the millenium' Geranium 'Rozanne', which he was instrumental in introducing. Bloom discusses the value of these plants, and Bressingham introductions to the gardener and plantarea manager but warns that there are "far too many" new plants being introduced these days.


Bloom talks about plant launches, the history of Blooms at Bressingham, its 2026 centenary and a wide range of matters of horticulture interest, including his international perspective from his US experiences and his appeal for grafters to not be lost to gardening.

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