New plants for Chelsea include Charles Notcutt rose and Hardy's salvia

Among new plants launched at Chelsea in what has been a difficult growing year for some nurseries, is a Charles Notcutt rose and several edible contenders for the new plant prize.

Hardy's salvia
Hardy's salvia

Harkness Roses is launching three roses: 'Jane Austen', an orange floribunda in association with the Jane Austen House Museum, 'Simple Yellow', and 'Deben Sunrise', a creamy shrub rose which is in association with Notcutts Garden Centres in memory of the late Charles Notcutt, who's favourite view was sunrise over the River Deben in Suffolk. The rose will be entered into the Chelsea plant of the year competition.

Deben Sunrise

Harkness Roses' Philip Harkness said getting blooms ready had been "difficult". He said: "This year started well but we had no sunshine and low temperatures and lots of cloud and it was miserable for weeks on end. You don't know how much to push things."

Jane Austen

This year's plant of the year has 35 entries. They include ‘Rushmoor Amazon’ from Fibrex, Charlotte Russe mulberry from Suttons, and T&M's strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’, and Cosmos 'Cupcakes Blush', Pennard's Popti pepper and Merlin mini cucumber, Tom Smith Plants' 'Dragon's Breath', while Cayeux Irises has three irises entered including 'Rachel de Thame', 'Cocktail Tropical' and 'Plume Bleue' among its 10 launches.

Iris Rachel de Thame

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants is launching Salvia 'Crystal Cloud'. Rosy Hardy said: "During the last week of April we had one of the worst frosts we have experienced at the nursery for a good many years and we obviously weren't alone, much of southern England was hit.  Most of our outdoor grown stock has survived unscathed and those plants which were hit hard by the frost will live to fight another day - plants are generally tougher than you think."

The Salvia was discovered as a chance seedling in a nursery field, and has a unique sky-blue colour. ‘Crystal Blue’ is a form of the Balkan clary, Salvia nemerosa – like its purple-blue cousin and Chelsea stalwart, Salvia ‘Caradonna’ – and is a fully hardy plant which is attractive to butterflies and bees.

Rosy Hardy will launch her first book, 25 Years of Chelsea, at the show, She built her first display at the show in 1992.

Fibrex will launch four new varieties of Pelargonium at this year’s show, one of which is P. ‘Rushmoor Amazon’, a break-through variety with large yellow blooms, which falls into a new category of ‘Zonartic’ Pelargonium.

'Rushmoor Amazon'

Terry Baker, of the Botanic Nursery will be launching a yellow foxglove named D. ‘Limoncello’ as well as his monograph on the genus.

Other new plants being launched at the show include: from Plantagogo, Heuchera 'Sweet Caroline’ (Fox Series). ‘Sweet Caroline’ has tall, long lasting, salmon pink flowers in spring and summer, surrounded by striking lemon and lime foliage. 

'Sweet Caroline'

Also being launched is Tiarella 'Raspberry Sundae' (Fox Series), which has star-like foliage and bee-friendly blooms on dark stems, deep raspberry-pink buds opening to pale white-pink stars. 

'Raspberry Sundae'

Hillier Nurseries is launching Malus x purpurea 'Crimson Cascade' at the show.

Thorncroft Clematis is launching ‘Taiga’ a new clematis from Japan, which is entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year competition.

Green Passion ‘Zo11050’PBR is also entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year Competition. It has a double green flower head with later tepals having white tips to them.

Clematis Green Passion

Sea Breeze is a new viticella type clematis from J van Zoest nursery in Holland.

Clematis Sea Breeze

Thorncroft owner Peter Skeggs-Gooch said getting plants ready had been "awkward" and his Clematis 'Pernille' was not ready in time so will be launched at Chatsworth in June. He added: "Everything went off to a racing start with early sun and the biggest concern was everything would flower too early. We held it back in shade areas for several weeks until 10 days ago when the weather changed and it got a lot duller and we had to bring it out into the hothouse area to get the colour up after being in the shade. It's been challenging, caused by our over-eagerness with shading of the plants in early spring."

Avon Bulbs has the new Allium hyalinum on show. They said getting plants ready for Chelsea was "quite tricky" this year and they had been moved in and out of the cold store up to nine times each during the "balancing act" to get them in flower at the right time.

Binny Plants has Peony 'Eliza Lundy', the US Peony Society peony of the year. The Scottish nursery said better weather meant for growing "this year was a blessing".

Blackmore and Langdon is showing old varieties of delphiniums and begonias. They said it has been a "much easier season because light levels have been so good".

Peter Beales Roses is launching 'Margaret Greville' and 'Papworth's Pride', while David Austin Roses is launching Rosa 'Judi Dench', 'James L Austin' and 'Vanessa Bell'.

D'Arcy & Everest is launching Lewisia longipetala ‘Little Snowberry’.

Dibley's has entered Begonia 'Silver Spirit' into the awards.

Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries has entered Leontopodium nivale subsp. alpinum BLOSSOM OF SNOW 'Berghman'.

The HTA garden will feature five plants that have been entered for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year; Mulberry Charlotte Russe (Suttons), Pelargonium PAC Spanish Wine Rose (Cramden Nursery), Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’ (Frank P Matthews), Lilium Sunset Joy (Pinetops Nurseries) and Strawberry Just Add Cream (Thompson & Morgan).

HW Hyde has entered its Lilium ‘Yang’ and 'Yin', while Roualeyn Fuchsias has entered its Fuchsia ‘Sarcoma UK’.

Scotts Miracle Gro will show Papaver rhoeas SUPREME MIXED and Pelargonium (Tall, Dark and Handsome Series Mixed), both entered into the competition, as well as T&M's Cosmos and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs Petit.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Petit

Guernsey Clematis is launching Clematis Sacha (Evipo 060), Charmaine (022) and Kitty (097).

Clematis Kitty

Clematis Charmaine

Clematis Sacha

At the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show Raymond Evison Clematis are featuring a Contemporary Sea Shore scene with clematis arranged to appear as if they were floating on 5 metal waves. Clematis will also be arranged under the waves in netting rolls as if they were left on the sea bed. The exhibit is 140sq metres.

The base will be sea sand with some Guernsey beach pebbles and two wide broad walks where show visitors can walk between the waves and be able to interact with the clematis plants. There will be over 2,000 plants displayed showing more than 40 different varieties of clematis, all bred in Raymond Evison's Guernsey Clematis Nursery.

Brighter Blooms is launching Zantedeschia 'Dubai Nights' from Sande, as well as Zantedeschia 'Eyeliner'.

Meanwhile, wholesale grower Hawkesmill Nurseries is launching a collection of one litre Victorian Violas comes from RHS Chelsea Gold medallist Rob Chapman. 

RHS Chelsea new product awards entries include:

OutdoorBeanbag.com - BigBoyAir 
Jim Lawrence Lighting and Home – Bulkhead Outdoor Light in Antiqued Brass
Bosch Lawn & Garden – EasyCut 12
Harrod Horticultural – Harrod Metal Planters & Raised Beds
Burgon & Ball Ltd – Hip-Trug
Chilstone – Leda and the Swan
Gaze Burvill Ltd – Levity Two Chairs and Table Set
Agralan – Permafelt
Pure Glass Greenhouse – 6 x 8 Pure Glass Greenhouse
David Harber Ltd – Quiver
Solus Decor – Solus 1.2m Water Dome 
Uuni-Tapaninaho Ltd – Uuni Pro 
Haxnicks – Vigoroot Easy Table Garden


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