This year more than 3,000 nurserymen, retailers, parks, landscapers and home gardeners visited the Summer Showcase at Ball Colegrave in Oxfordshire. They voted for their ‘Favourite Plant Variety’ with a blue marker flag and with more than 1,300 catalogue varieties, 200 new varieties and 700 experimental products on display to choose from.
This year’s ‘Favourite Plant Variety’ chosen by customers and home gardeners, "gives us a good indication on what’s likely to be hot in garden centres for the 2017 season", says Ball Colegrave.
1. Petunia 'Night Sky'
2. Argyranthemum Grandaisy Pink Halo
3. Calla Lily Callafornia Red
Argyranthemum Grandaisy Pink Halo
The trade chose the same top two but had Calibrachoa Starlight Blue as third top choice and the Calla fourth.
As well as the Callfornia series, Begonia F1 Majestic series was also well regarded.
A video of the showcase is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCJ_t1525s&feature=youtu.be