A Hampshire garden centre is chasing its 68th consecutive gold at this year?s Chelsea Flower Show.
But staff at Hillier?s Nurseries won?t be playing it safe – the theme of their entry is ?Risk?.
Managing director, Andrew McIndoe, said: ?The theme of ?Risk? and the title could not be more apt. The growing conditions have been extremely difficult. The cold temperatures and dull days have meant that our Chelsea stock is well behind where it should be by this stage.
?The theme will be conveyed through innovative colour combinations, exciting structures and dramatic foliage.?
Amongst the 3,500 plants Hillier?s will be displaying at the show will be a new variety of French lavender called bouquet of roses, a new form of black elder named blue sheen, a new cultivar of Astelia called Silver Shadow and a new French-bred Viburnum ? Le Bois Marquis.
Mr McIndoe said: ?We are chasing a 68th consecutive Chelsea Gold medal this year, and as the most successful exhibitor in the history of the show, the pressure is most definitely on.?