The novelties judging is carried out by the Royal Dutch Horticultural Society that assesses whether the novelties are actually a new and improved.
Four varieties were rewarded with gold medals. The first gold medal was for Ceanothus impressus 'Cool Blue' PBR, sent in by Huisman Boomkwekerij because of the fresh look and stable, variegated foliage.
The second gold medal went to Hydrangea paniculata Baby Lace ('PIIHPI'PBR) because this is a sturdy, compact plant, which is innovative in combination with the flower shape. This Hydrangea was entered by Boomkwekerij Alex Schoemaker.
Nandina domestica 'Twilight'PBR earned the third gold medal and was entered by About Plants Zundert B.V. This rating was given because of the very uniform growth and variegated foliage. Finally, also winning gold was Photinia serratifolia Pink Crispy ('Oploo5'PBR) because of the colour combination of young and old leaves. This winner was entered by Van Oploo Tuinplanten.
Another five silver and two bronze medals were awarded to the following varieties:
Helenium autumnale ‘Short and Sassy’PBR, entered by Vaste Plantenkwekerij Remon Bakhuijzen
Lagerstroemia indica With Love Girl (‘Milarosa’PBR), entered by About Plants Zundert B.V.
Lagerstroemia indica With Love Eternity (‘Milavio’PBR), entered by About Plants Zundert B.V.
Sedum SunSparkler ‘Dazzleberry’PBR, entered by De Noordpoel
Sedum SunSparkler ‘Lime Zinger’PBR, entered by De Noordpoel
Parrotia persica Persian Spire (‘JLPN01’PBR), entered by Van Son & Koot B.V.
Sambucus nigra Golden Tower (‘Jdeboer001’PBR), entered by Plantipp B.V.
Overall winner was Hydrangea 'Ruby Tuesday' from De Jong.