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UK: Salvia Love & Wishes takes Best in Show title at New Plant Awards

Salvia Love & Wishes from Darby Nursery Stock & Kernock Park Plants has been crowned best in show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show which takes place today and tomorrow (23 and 24 June) at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Judging Panel member and RHS Director, Jim Gardiner, comments, “All the judges were unanimously in favour of this plant, not only winning Best in Category, but also Best in Show.


Salvia Love & Wishes

Salvia Love & Wishes is a great performer in the garden, either in a container or in a sunny position in the garden.

It flowers continuously from May to September, which can be extended depending on weather conditions. The flower spikes extend beyond the foliage with the initial point of interest being the dark plum colours calyces, shortly followed by the beautiful long lasting claret coloured flowers.”

This year’s awards, sponsored by RHS, attracted over 90 entries across five categories. The gold medal winners and Best in Category plants are…..


Winners Best in category: Upper left: Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd – Bidens Beedance Painted Red. Upper right: Profitplants UK – Little Kolibri Orchids Victoria Falls. Bottom left: Javado UK – Hydrangea macr. Rendez-Vous’ French Cancan’. Bottom right: Frank P Matthews Ltd – Cherry Stardust.

Annuals
Gold
Benary – Begonia tuberous Nonstop Joy
Ball Colegrave Ltd – Osteospermum ‘3D’ series
Cobbins Nursery – Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Surprise
Cobbins Nursery – Patio Gerbera Volcanoes
Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd – Nemesia French Connection Bonnet
Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd – Bidens Beedance Painted Red

Best in Category
Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd – Bidens Beedance Painted Red

Herbaceous Perennials
Gold
Fairweather’s – Scabiosa Kudo
Profitplant UK – Itoh Peony
Darby Nursery Stock & Kernock Park Plants – Salvia Love & Wishes
Darby Nursery Stock – Geranium Pink Pouffe

Best in Category
Darby Nursery Stock & Kernock Park Plants – Salvia Love & Wishes

Houseplants

Gold
Profitplants UK – Little Kolibri Orchids Victoria Falls
Garden Centre Fresh – Phalaenopsis Formidablo N-17 XXL

Best in Category
Profitplants UK – Little Kolibri Orchids Victoria Falls

Shrubs and Climbers

Gold
Whartons Nurseries Ltd – Rose “Eye of the Tiger”
Hilliers Nurseries – Cotinus ‘Candy Floss’
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company – Hebe Marshmallow
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company – Hebe Sangria Sensation
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company – Hebe Pink Fizz
John Richards Nurseries Ltd – Clematis macropetala ‘Elgar’
Javado UK – Viburnum f.tomentosum plicatum Kilimanjaro Sunrise
Javado UK – Hydrangea Deep Purple Dance
Javado UK – Hydrangea macr. Rendez-Vous’ French Cancan’
Farplants Sales Ltd – Hibiscus Rose Moon

Best in Category
Javado UK – Hydrangea macr. Rendez-Vous’ French Cancan’

Trees and Conifers
Silver
Frank P Matthews Ltd – Cherry Stardust

Best in Category
Frank P Matthews Ltd – Cherry Stardust

A full list on medal winners is available at http://www.the-hta.org.uk/file.php?fileid=2851

The New Plant Award judges were HTA President Stan Green, Jim Gardiner and Mark Heath from RHS, Marc Rosenberg from Amateur Gardening and Colin Dale from Notcutts.

All New Plant Award entries can be viewed at the show and visitors too can have their say by taking part in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia. The winner of the Visitor Vote Award will be announced at 3.30pm on Wednesday 24 June.

For more information
Horticultural Trades Association
Horticulture House
19 High Street
Theale
Reading
West Berkshire
RG7 5AH
T: +44 (0)118 930 3132
Fax: +44 (0)118 932 3453
NGGV: +44 (0)118 930 2092
www.the-hta.org.uk


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