Salvia wins plant of the year

Salvia Blue Marvel from Darby Nursery Stock has been crowned best in show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show.

Salvia Blue Marvel
Salvia Blue Marvel

The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place today and tomorrow (21 and 22 June) at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Salvia Blue Marvel is a striking deep blue Salvia with the largest flowers of this type of Salvia. It re-blooms reliably over a long period.

Judging Panel member Jim Gardiner, Executive Vice-President of RHS, said: "As a panel of judges we were really thrilled with the large number of new plants put forward. The quality and vibrancy of new plant introductions is in good hands in this country."

He added: "The judges were really excited by the quality of all the category winners. However, the best in show, Salvia Blue Marvel, was for all of us a revelation in breeding of an already established herbaceous plant. The flower quality and in particular the size of Salvia Blue Marvel was quite exceptional. This plant will see uses far beyond the herbaceous border."

The winners are:

Gold and Best in Category –  Petunia Tumbelina Maria                   Channel Island Plants UK

Gold                     Calibrachoa Rave Pink                                                              Pentland Plants
Gold                     Begonia Funky Pink                                                                    Benary
Gold                     Bella Fuchsia Lydia                                                                     Javado UK
Gold                     Bella Fuchsia Olivia                                                                     Javado UK

Silver                   Nemesia Aroma Yellows Rhubarb & Custard                Channel Island Plants

Bronze                Petunia Chic Collection Raspberry Stripe                      Earley Ornamentals 
Bronze                Petunia Chic Collection Rose Star                                      Earley Ornamentals
Bronze                Petunia Tumblelina Francesca                                       Channel Island Plants UK
Bronze                Calibrachoa Caloha Bumble Bee                                   Channel Island Plants UK
Bronze                Nemesia Aroma Yellows Plums & Custards                   Channel Island Plants UK

Herbaceous Perennials
Gold and Best in Category – Salvia Blue Marvel                                   Darby Nursery Stock

Gold                     Geum Scarlet Tempest                            Allensmore Nurseries, Hawkesmill Nurseries and Fairweather's Nursery

Silver                   Tiarella Angel Wings                                                   Seiont Nurseries
Silver                   Geranium Miss Heidi                                                       Johnsons of Whixley

Bronze                Geranium ‘Foundlings Friend’                                              Kernock Park Plants
Bronze                Salvia guarantica Black & Bloom                                        Javado UK
Bronze                Cirsium Frosted Magic                    Fairweathers/Lowaters
Bronze                Salvia Joy                                                                   Darby Nursery Stock
Bronze                Salvia nemorosa hort. Rianne                                              Javado UK


Gold and Best in Category – Begonia Elatior Valentino Pink       Garden Centre Fresh

Silver                   Phalaenopsis Tinkerbell                                                          Profitplant UK
Silver                   Saintpaulia Blue Wave                                                               Javado UK
Silver                   Oncidium Claudia Black Eye                                                  Javado UK

Bronze                Clerodendrum Thompsoniae Helios                                 Profitplant UK
Bronze                Spathiphyllum Romeo Cupido                                             Garden Centre Fresh
Bronze                Brassia Shelob Tolkien                                                             Javado UK


Shrubs and Climbers
Gold and Best in Category –Rose Lovely Parfuma                               Rosemasters

Gold                     Clematis Nubia Evipo59                                               Darby Nursery Stock

Silver                   Pieris Japonica Polar Passion                                              Profitplant UK
Silver                   Hebe Celebration                                     The Bransford Webbs Plant Company
Silver                   Buddleja x Blue Chip Junior                        The Bransford Webbs Plant Company
Sliver                   Buddleja x NC20102 Pink Micro Chip              The Bransford Webbs Plant Company
Silver                   Hydrangea macr Magical Ruby Tuesday                         Garden Centre Fresh
Silver                   Lavandula Meerio                                                    Fairweathers Nursery
Silver                   Rosa Pretty Parfuma                                                            Rosemasters
Silver                   Rosa Royal Parfuma                                                             Rosemasters
Silver                   Rosa Secret Parfuma                                                              Rosemasters
Silver                   Rosa Lovely Parfuma                                                             Rosemasters
Silver                   Hibiscus Magenta Chiffon                                                       Farplants
Silver                   Hydrangea macr. Charming by Magical Lisa             Javado UK                        
Silver                   Hydrangea macr. Charming by Magical Lisa Blue      Javado UK
Silver                   Hibiscus syriacus ‘America Irene Scott’ Sugar Tip Bransford Webbs Plant Co

Bronze                 Rhododendron Golden Green Gift                                      Garden Centre Fresh

Bronze                 Lonicera nitida ‘Van Gogh’                                                      Profitplant UK
Bronze                 Hydrangea Tutti Frutti                                        Darby Nursery Stock
Bronze                Clematis Pamina                                  New Leaf Plants                            


Trees and Conifers
Gold and Best in Category –  Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata Joes’ EU20141206     - Frank P Matthews
Silver                   Prunus domestica ‘Toptaste’ Kulinaria                           Frank P Matthews
Silver                   Acer platanoides ‘Sensation’ Ulmers Sensation        Frank P Matthews


This year’s judging panel include Marcus Cousins from Aylett Nurseries, David Mitchell from Wyevale Garden Centres, David Hurrion from Gardeners World Magazine, Michael Perry from Thompson & Morgan and Jim Gardiner from RHS. All the entries were validated by Joy of Plants.

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