Since childhood, Chris Bowyer has had a love of plants. During the 1980s his wife’s interest in creating dried flower arrangements led him into building up a collection of Helichrysums. The plants varied in stature, greyness of foliage color and flower bract color.
One plant from the pink selection displayed buds in a shade of deep glowing red. This plant also had a tight dense habit with lovely grey-white foliage. In 1994, the plant earned a Certificate of Preliminary Commendation from the Royal Horticultural Society and Bowyer named the new cultivar ‘Ruby Cluster’.
When ‘Ruby Cluster’ received the RHS Award of Merit a year later, Chris realized it was worthy of commercial production.
Following this success, Chris Bowyer brought Helichrysum ‘Pink Sapphire‘, a pink version of ‘Ruby Cluster’ to Must Have Perennials. Afterwards, ‘Ember Glow’ with deep red buds ageing to fiery orange and ‘Amber Cluster‘ were introduced. The red buds of ‘Amber Cluster’ open as pink, then change to a fiery orange yellow, and finally fade to yellow flowers.