Plants 'that offer something extra' win Belgian show awards

Belgian Florall awards this March were awarded to newcomers "that offer something above and beyond their decorative value".

Bijenweelde bee-attracting roses
Bijenweelde bee-attracting roses

Gold was awarded to a bee-attracting rose, silver to a compact and aromatic Rhus, and bronze to conifers "with a unique story of their own", organisers said.

Bijenweelde bee-attracting roses won the gold Florall award. This range of rose bushes was developed specifically for bees.

The shape of the flower means nectar is easily accessible to bees due to the single or semi-double flowers that are produced in large clusters. The flowers’ yellow centres also increase their visibility to bees.

The roses are available in six colours: Bijenweelde red, white, apricot, yellow, pink and light red.

Creator was Tantau Roses using cross-pollination. The Bijenweelde roses are being marketed in Belgium by Carl Van Sante.

De Nolf Tree Nursery won the silver Florall award for its new Rhus aromatic GRO-LOW NOBLE. This newcomer is a ground-covering, low-growing shrub that bears aromatic shoots and has a maximum height of 50 to 60 cm. It was the plant’s compactness that particularly appealed to the jury. This Rhus is not poisonous, unlike other sumac species.

The jury awarded the bronze Florall award to a concept that creates an additional experience for the consumer. The ‘Plants of the World’ concept from Bremmer Boomkwekerijen creates a link between a traditional range of conifers and their unique characteristics, provenance and usages.

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