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 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?..

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

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.

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