Winning new varieties at the UK HTA National Plant Show

Salvia Blue Marvel - photo: Darwin Perennials

Salvia Blue Marvel – photo: Darwin Perennials

The New Plant Awards of the 7th HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), attracted last month over 100 entries. Salvia Blue Marvel from Darby Nursery Stock took the title of Best in Show, as well as the title of Best Herbaceous Perennial. Blue Marvel is an introduction of Darwin Perennials, part of the Ball Horticultural Company (US). According to the breeder this new variety has the largest flowers of all S. nemorosa. “It re-blooms reliably in ones perennial garden. Watch it attract pollinators to its upright, colorful spikes all season long. A perfect premium perennial which needs no Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs)
Other category winners were:
Petunia Tumbelina Maria – photo: David & Priscilla Kerley

Petunia Tumbelina Maria – photo: David & Priscilla Kerley

Best Annual – Petunia Tumbelina Maria submitted by Channel Island Plants UK. Maria is a new variety in the Tumbelina series bred by David & Priscilla Kerley (UK), a series which includes petunias for hanging baskets and tubs with double flowers, with according to the breeders an excellent weather resistance, a cascading habit, which remain compact in small pots.


Begonia ‘KRVALPI01’ Valentino Pink – photo: Koppe

Begonia ‘KRVALPI01’ Valentino Pink – photo: Koppe

Best Houseplant – Begonia Elatior Valentino Pink grown and submitted by Garden Centre Fresh. Valentino Pink derives from the breeding program of Dutch based begonia specialist Koppe, who describes this “unique variety that has put the Begonia back on the map. Begonia ‘KRVALPI01’ Valentino Pink has a truly remarkable flower with a heart of gold.” [read more]

Rosa Lovely Parfuma/Rosengräfin Marie Henriette - photo: W. Kordes' Söhne

Rosa Lovely Parfuma/Rosengräfin Marie Henriette – photo: W. Kordes’ Söhne

Best Shrub & Climber – Rose Lovely Parfuma grown and submitted Paul Masters from Rosemasters (UK). Lovely Parfuma is bred by German rose breeder W. Kordes Söhne. Kordes is marketing this variety as Rosengräfin Marie Henriette. It is part of the Perfuma series including also Pretty Parfuma (Constanze Mozart), Royal Parfuma (Gräfin Diana), Secret Parfuma (Herzogin Christiana) and Glorious Parfuma (Madame Anisette). As the fragrance of this series is so important Kordes describes the scent carefully. “Those who are friends with the typical liquorice-like note of anise which is presented by some roses, will love this type. It combines intensely but not importunately this spicy note with the basic body of a classic rose scent. The connecting element is a smooth and soft flavor of fresh apple in the core note. The spicy aspect dominates mainly the fresh flower and makes room for the fruity character the more the flower opens. The fresh and tender rose impression underlines the fruity heart of the scent until the last moment.”

Betula pendula 'Jolep1' Fastigiata Joes – photo: Breederplants

Betula pendula ‘Jolep1’ Fastigiata Joes – photo: Breederplants

Trees & Conifers – Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’ grown and submitted by Frank P Matthews (UK). It was selected at Belgian nursery John de Lepper. Dutch based royalty management agency Breederplants describes the new variety as “This very healthy column birch characterizes itself through its sleek upward growth and a very beautiful white bark which has already been visible for 3 years.
The propagation is from cuttings. ‘Fastigiata Joes’ will grow into a fully grown tree within 5 years, including the cutting period, reaching heights of 4 to 5 meters. Its orange yellow autumn colors still add another dimension to this breed. ‘Fastigiata Joes’ is not sensitive to illnesses. It is ideal for smaller gardens and as a driveway tree. Good winterhard.” [read more].
Visitor’s favourite
Clematis ‘Evipo079’ Nubia - photo: Poulsen Roser

Clematis ‘Evipo079’ Nubia – photo: Poulsen Roser

Visitors also had the chance to vote for their favourite new plant over the course of the show in the Visitor Vote, sponsored by Floramedia. They voted the Best in Show as Clematis ‘Evipo59’ Nubia grown by Darby Nursery Stock, which was voted best in the Shrubs & Climbers category [read more about Nubia]. The other category winners were Best Annual – Nemesia Aroma Yellow Rhubarb & Custard by Channel Island Plants, Best Herbaceous Perennial – Salvia Joy from Darby Nursery Stock, Best Houseplant – Oncidium Claudia Black Eye submitted by Javado UK and Best Tree & Conifer – Acer platanoides ‘Ulmers Sensation’by Frank P Matthews.
Planting the Seed Award
New for 2016 was the Planting the Seed Award for best retail inspiration, as voted for by visitors to the show. Hawkesmill Nurseries was declared winners with Allensmore Nurseries in second place and The Bransford Webb Plant Company and Profitplant UK coming joint third.
New for 2016 was also the Retail Concept Area, put together by Dutch trend watcher and green stylist Romeo Sommers provided ideas and stories about the benefits of plants to create interest and give people another reason to buy.