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HTA Virtual New Plant Awards winners 2020

Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards 2020.

The 2020 judging panel included Matthew Biggs (gardener, writer and broadcaster); Tamsin Westhorpe (Co-chair of The Garden Media Guild); Lesley Watson (Director of New Hopetoun Gardens & RHS Show Garden Judge); Jonathan Savage (General Manager for Scotsdales Garden Centres) and Ian Hodgson (Editor at Large for Garden News Magazine, garden writer & broadcaster) with the HTA’s Director of Membership, Martin Simmons, and Horticulture Manager, Pippa Greenwood, overseeing.

Winner of the Virtual Visitor Vote, with 306 votes (33% of the total) was Anemone FP007 ‘Frilly Knickers’ from Fairweather’s Nursery.

Head Judge, Matthew Biggs, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our call for entries to the New Plant Awards this year, especially when the industry is facing such difficulties. It is testament to the hard work and resilience of our UK growers that they have stepped up to the challenge and presented some wonderful new plants for us all to enjoy. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Frank P Matthews and Fairweather’s Nursery for producing the overall winners, and our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered.”

HTA President, Boyd Douglas-Davis said: “The Virtual New Plant Awards have been a huge success. We made a relatively late decision to run the Awards as a virtual event and weren’t at all sure what level of interest we would get, but we could not be more thrilled with the response we’ve had. We hope the event provides a much-needed boost for our growers and earns them some well deserved publicity for their plants and businesses.”

The full list of winners can be found below.

Herbaceous Perennials

Gold and Best in Category

  • Penstemon ‘Pristine Lila Purple’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd


  • Anemone FP007 ‘Frilly Knickers’ – Fairweather’s Nursery


  • Limonium ‘Dazzle Rocks’ - Suttons Consumer Products
  • Sedum ‘Sunsparkler Wildfire’ - Newey
  • Geranium ‘Dark Eyes’ - Fairweather’s Nursery
  • Delphinium ’Paramo Black Velvet’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Mangave Mad about Mangave ‘Pineapple Express’ - Javado Plant
  • Salvia ‘Mirage Rose Bicolor’ - Ball Colegrave Ltd
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Perfect Profusion’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’ - Kernock Park Plants Ltd
  • Agapanthus ‘Blue Thunder’ - Fairweather’s Nursery
  • Dahlia ‘Melody Lemon’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Dahlia ‘Melody White’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Dahlia ‘Dahlegria Sunrise’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd


Gold and Best In Category

  • Impatiens ‘Wild Romance Blush Pink’ – Newey


  • Salvia ‘Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes’ – Kernock Park Plants Ltd
  • Osteospermum ‘Serenity Sunshine Beauty’ – Ball Colegrave Ltd


  • Nemesia ‘Mareto Burgundy & White’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Dahlia ‘Midnight Sultry Scarlet’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Petunia ‘Sweetunia Sweet Fantastic’ - Newey
  • Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Doublette Love Swept’ - Kernock Park Plants Ltd
  • Helianthus ‘Sunblast’ - Syngenta Flowers
  • Evolvulus ‘Blue my Mind’ – Kernock Park Plants Ltd
  • Dahlia ‘Midnight Georgia Peach’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
  • Dahlia ‘Midnight Lively Lavender’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd



  • Mangave ‘Mad about Mangave Lavender Lady’ – Javado Plant

Shrubs & Climbers

Gold & Best in Category

  • Raspberry ‘Groovy’ – Darby Nursery Stock Ltd


  • Potentilla ‘Creamissima Minjau06’ – Darby Nursery Stock Ltd
  • Buddleja ‘High Five Purple’ - Newey
  • Philadelphus ‘Fragrant Falls’ – Whetman Plants International
  • Viburnum odoratissimum ‘Coppertop’ - Newey


  • Jacaranda ‘Bonsai Blue’ – Suttons Consumer Products Ltd
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Star of Milano’ - Newey
  • Clematis ‘Olympia Boulevard’ Evipo099(N) – New Leaf Plants Ltd
  • Clematis ‘Tsukiko Garland’ Evipo110(N) – New Leaf Plants
  • Coprosma ‘City Knights’ - Seiont Nurseries Ltd


Gold and Best in Category

  • Apple ‘Trinity’ – Frank P Matthews


  • Malus ‘Scarlet Brandywine’ – Frank P Matthews


  • Cercis ‘Golden Falls’ – Frank P Matthews

All entries were validated by Joy of Plants. The New Plant Awards and the Virtual Visitor Vote is supported by Floramedia. A list of all entries can be found here.

For more information
Horticultural Trades Association
Horticulture House
19 High Street
West Berkshire
T: +44 (0)118 930 3132
Fax: +44 (0)118 932 3453
NGGV: +44 (0)118 930 2092

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