Digitalis ‘Serendipity’ Best Herbaceous Perennial 2012

The UK Grower of the Year Award 2012 in the category ‘Best New Variety – Herbaceous Perennial’ went to Digitalis ‘Serendipity’

Digitalis 'Serendipity'

. This new digitalis hybrid is raised at Hillier Nurseries by expert propagator and plantsman Alan Postill; one of series of crosses involving the ground-breaking Digitalis Saltwood Summer shown in The Artists Garden in 2002. ‘Serendipity’ shows according to the website of Hillier Nurseries fascinating split tubular flowers and delicately waved petals which give this strain of foxgloves their orchid-like appearance. It forms a strong rosette of mid-green leaves and produces tall flower spikes reaching 1,2 m or more.

Digitalis 'Illumination'

Dianthus Memories

Dianthus Memories

Highly Commended is Digitalis ‘Illumination’ of Thompson & Morgan Young Plants.  ‘Illumination’ was a thought to be impossible hybridisation. Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives this new Digitalis its typical tropical colouring. Foxglove ‘Illumination’ is incredibly long flowering on densely packed, sturdy stems, with many side branches.

Also highly commended is Dianthus Memories from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company. This Dianthus – a breed of Whetman Pinks – has been crowned last year as the Best in Show at the New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show 2011. Memories blooms with masses of snow-white flowers with a spicy, fruity fragrance above grey/green foliage.