Top bedding plants revealed following poll of garden trial visitors

Solenostemon 'Campfire' has been chosen as the favourite summer bedding plant of visitors to RHS Wisley with two selections of petunia as runners up.

Solenostemon scutellarioides Campfire is on sale through Ball Horticultural Company. Image: Ball Horticultural Company
Solenostemon scutellarioides Campfire is on sale through Ball Horticultural Company. Image: Ball Horticultural Company

Petunia 'Cascadias Rim Fantasy' claimed second place and Petunia 'Amore’ Queen of Hearts' was third.

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Campfire' has a brilliant blood-orange colour and excellent long-season performance under the most demanding garden conditions. For five weeks out of the 10-week voting period it continuously held the top spot, emerging as the clear winner. The variety is sold by Ball Horticultural Company and its partner companies.

Petunia Cascadias Rim Fantasy (Cascadias Series) has bright violet flowers outlined with a clear white rim. Its slightly mounding shape make it particularly suitable for containers and hanging baskets. Bred by Danziger from Israel, the cultivar received 9.2 per cent. of the total votes and held the top spot for three weeks out of the ten of the voting period. Petunia Cascadias Rim Fantasy is sold by Ball Colegrave, Delamore Young Plants and Arden Lea Nurseries.

Petunia Amore’ Queen of Hearts (Amore’ Series), bred by Danziger, was named in celebration of the heart-shaped deep pink petals with a yellow stripe that make up this attractive flower. It is semi-trailing and excellent in baskets and containers. While it was voted in the top spot for just one week out of 10, it consistently secured a high number of votes. It is available from Ball Colegrave, Delamore YP and Arden Lea Nurseries.

Trials development manager Mark Heath said: "It is exciting that plant breeders are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is available in the UK in terms of cultivated varieties of plants." 

The plant was chosen after the Surrey garden polled more than 1,600 visitors between July and September 2016 on 80 varieties. 

Top 20 plants in RHS Wisley poll

Genus

Cultivar name

%of
total vote

Place

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Campfire (‘Uf12823')

15.905%

1

Petunia

Cascadias Rim Fantasy (Cascadias Series)

9.571%

2

Petunia

Amore’ Queen of Hearts (Amore’ Series)

8.762%

3

Petunia

Amore’ Joy (Amore’ Series)

7.048%

4

Petunia

Cascadias Rim Cherry (Cascadias Series)

7.048%

5

Petunia

Amore’ Fiesta (Amore’ Series)

6.667%

6

Canna

‘Cannova Scarlet’ (Cannova Series)

6.095%

7

Petunia

Littletunia Bicolor Bliss (Littletunia Series)

4.952%

8

Zinnia

Zinnia elegans un-named cultivar

3.810%

9

 

Petunia

Littletunia Pink Splash (Littletunia Series)

3.429%

10

Petunia

Classic Blue Ray

3.048%

11

Zinnia marylandica

Double Zahara Series

2.857%

12

Petunia

Amore’ Moi (Amore’ Series)

2.667%

13

Glandularia (Verbana)

EnduraScape Dark Purple (‘Balendakle’)

2.476%

14

Salvia

‘Magic Wand’

2.476%

15

Nemesia

Nesia Sunshine (Nesia Series)

2.286%

16

Begonia

Whopper Series

1.905%

17

Tagetes erecta

Kushi Mixed

1.905%

18

Canna

Canna ‘Cannova Apricot’ (Cannova Series)

1.905%

19

Petunia

Cascadias Burgundy (Cascadias Series)

1.905%

20


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