Impatiens Walleriana 'Glimmer Appleblossom' has been recognized as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards at this year's HTA National Plant Show. The show took place on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
This plant, which also won the Annuals category, is recognized for its color and features large, iridescent rose-like blooms. The well-branched, mounded, and trailing plants are covered with double flowers and are suitable for 10-30cm pots and hanging baskets. The impatiens also feature high resistance to Plasmospara destructor, the cause of Impatiens DownyMildew.
Pippa Greenwood, HTA Judge, said, "This year there were more entries than ever before, with 137 covering all five categories. The standard of entries too was brilliant, making our team of judges work even harder than usual."
"The houseplant category was particularly popular, with the emphasis being on phenomenal foliage. This year's Houseplants winner, Alocasia 'Silver Dragon', boasts sturdy, well-shaped foliage with an almost metallic sheen."
Malus 'Halloween' (Frank P Matthews) offers distinctly ribbed crab apple fruits and won the 'Trees and Conifers' category. For herbaceous perennials, the judges chose Geranium x Kelly Anne, a delightful addition to any border.
The striking, almost glowing orange, red, and gold foliage of Physocarpus opulifolius 'Magic Ball' won first place in Shrubs & Climbers for Wyevale Nurseries.
"All these plants illustrated the exceedingly high quality of this year's entries, but it was Impatiens 'Glimmer Appleblossom' (Ball) which stole the show, winning best in the Annuals category and Best in Show - not only for its good looks but also its resistance to downy mildew."
"The New Plant Awards are the beating heart of the show and create an area bursting with inspiration for our visitors. This year there has once again been over 100 entries – meaning that over the history of the show, over 1,000 new plants have been showcased."
Other winners included:
- Trees & Conifers category: Frank P Matthews- Malus Halloween. Recognized by its white spring flowers, these are followed in the autumn by yellow-orange crab apples that are ribbed in appearance, looking like mini pumpkins in time for Halloween.
- Houseplants category: Javado- Alocasia Silver Dragon. A cultivar from the baginda line, this Alocasia is characterized by the compactness of the plant in combination with the hardness of the leaf. This also ensures a long shelf life.
- Herbaceous Perennials category: Newey- Geranium x hybrida Kelly Anne. This plant is neat and compact and is resistant to diseases, heat, and moisture. It boasts bright pink flowers with a darker pink vein, and the flowering period is very long: from late spring to the first frost.
- Shrubs & Climbers Wyevale category: Physocarpus opulifolius' Magic Ball'. This shrub changes leaf colors four times, starting in spring as bright yellow. This deepens to orange gold before entering the summer months to its final colors of red and then purple.
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