He said: "We've had an interesting challenge this year as we've found that many predictable flowerers haven't performed as reliably in 2015 as they have previously.
"Agapanthus were only just starting to open for Hampton Court at a time when we still had Aquilegia in full flower. I think, however, it was to the benefit of show gardens this year as a broader palette of plants was noticeable as well as the tried and tested. We've had some wonderful successes and produced beautiful plants that have really done the nursery and everybody working at Coblands proud this year."
Coblands Nurseries is part of the Glendale Horticulture Group and the number of locations and environments for growing in across the three businesses has made them appeal to designers and contractors looking to produce plants for projects at high quality and often in high quantity, said Normand.
Medal success for gardens with supply from Coblands in 2015 include:
- RHS Malvern - The Perfect Commute Garden - Deborah Bird (Beholder's Eye) Bronze
- BBC Gardener's World Live - The Teacup Garden - Georgina Chahed (Touch Landscapes) Silver
- RHS Chelsea - World Vision Garden - John Warland Silver Gilt
- REEP Anglo Moroccan Garden - Christopher Jordan Bronze
- RHS Hampton Court - Living Landscapes HUG Garden - Rae Wilkinson Silver Gilt
- Living Landscapes City Twitchers Garden - Sarah Keyser Silver Gilt
- Amnesty International Magna Carta 800 - Frederic Whyte Silver Gilt World Vision Garden - John Warland Silver Gilt
- The Tea Party - Charlie Bloom Bronze
- RHS Tatton Park - Perennial Legacy Garden - Paul Hervey-Brookes Gold and Best in Show
- Time is a Healer Garden - Kate Savill (Young Designer) Gold
- The Sunset Garden - Tamara Bridge (Young Designer) Gold and Young Designer of the Year
Tatton Park show in July was a particular success as Coblands supplied all the plants for the Glendale sponsored Paul Hervey-Brookes' winning Perennial Living Legacy Garden – winning both the Gold medal and Best in Show.
Coblands also supplied two other gold medal winning gardens at Tatton Park to RHS Young Designer of the Year contestants Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge. Previous success in supplying the Young Designer of the Year winners with Tony Woods in 2013 and Sam Ovens in 2014, was repeated in 2015 with Bridge winning the title.
Normand said; "We really enjoy working with Paul Hervey-Brookes and the Young Designers each year. The gardens at Tatton are the highlight of their work in the competition, but we see them several times before this in other challenges such as the garden we supplied plants for at the RHS Great London Plant Fair in April and when they visit the nursery to look at plant supply and specification."