Plants for Europe owner Graham Spencer said he was delighted with the award and that it gave good promotion and publicity for the plant, which Florensis is featuring prominently at the event. He said the event awards are geared more to hardy plants so he fells the outcome is "very positive".
Spencer called for the HTA National Plant Show to open up to entries in its new plant competition to non-exhibitors, including those from overseas.
He said: "The only people who can enter are exhibitors. I think the new plant competition should be open to entries from anybody who has launched a new plant into the trade less than a year before, from any source." He said this will give UK retailers and growers the chance to see the best new varieities.
At Plantarium, 127 new plant entries produced eight gold medals, 15 silvers and 11 bronzes.
'Love and Wishes' was bred by John Fisher in New South Wales, Australia. This is the third in the Wish Collection series of Salvia. It launched at Chelsea is in conjunction with Dyson's Nurseries. Wholesale supplies are from Delamore and Florensis.