Ten best plants of the Chelsea centenary shortlisted

Streptocarpus 'Harlequin Blue' - photo: Dibleys Nurseries

Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ – photo: Dibleys Nurseries

A jury of the UK Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has selected the ten best plants launched at the Chelsea Flower Show since 1913. One plant has been chosen for each decade. The ten plants compete for the ultimate accolade: the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Centenary. The RHS is giving the public the final vote on which species or variety should be named Plant of the Centenary. It is possible to vote online or at the show. For 2003-2012 Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ (picture) has been shortlisted. It is still a novelty as this new variety made its debut at Chelsea in 2010. It won right away the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award. ‘Harlequin Blue’ is bred by Lynne Dibley of Dibleys Nurseries in Llanelidan, North Wales (UK).
Another relatively new plant is Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’), chosen as the best plant for the period 1993-2002. This geranium is exhibited first in 2000. “It is probably the best-known hardy geranium cultivar”, says RHS on the special Plant of the Centenary page on its site. Rozanne can be found in the portfolio of Blooms and Bressingham.
On that page information about the other plants of the shortlist can be found. The complete shortlist is as follows:
1913-1922 Saxifraga ‘Tumbling Waters’, raised by Captain Symons-Jeune
1923-1932 Pieris formosa var. forrestii, introduced by George Forrest
1933-1942 Lupinus Russell hybrids, bred by George Russell
1943-1952 Rhododendron yakushimanum
1953-1962 Rosa Iceberg (‘Korbin’), bred by Reimer Kordes
1963-1972 Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ bred by Henry M. Eddie
1983-1992 Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’
1993-2002 Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’)
2003-2012 Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’, raised by Lynne Dibley