RHS Chelsea Flower Show

News, views and background on this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

How did Chelsea participants build the case for exhibiting?

How did Chelsea participants build the case for exhibiting?

Whether sponsoring, designing or building a garden at an event like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, participants need to be crystal clear about their return on investment. So how did participants in this year's Chelsea make the case?

Chris Beardshaw wins Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Chris Beardshaw wins Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Chris Beardshaw has won Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, with The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, built by Structure Group.

Hillier wins 73rd gold as four show gardens gain top RHS Chelsea Flower Show award

Hillier wins 73rd gold as four show gardens gain top RHS Chelsea Flower Show award

The RHS has awarded four Gold medals to the main show gardens at RHS Chelsea this year.

Thompson & Morgan hydrangea first in RHS Chelsea Flower Show plant of the year

Thompson & Morgan hydrangea first in RHS Chelsea Flower Show plant of the year

Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride 'Snow White' has today been awarded RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year to top a trio of commercial launches in the top three places.

Analysis and comment

Plant of the Year 2018 Finalists

Hydrangea hybrid 'Runaway Bride'

Hydrangea hybrid 'Runaway Bride'

Ushio Sakazaki came upon a remote Asian species of Hydrangea in the wild, and crossed this with the well-known Hydrangea macrophylla.

Clematis 'Tranquilite' (Raymond Evison)

Clematis 'Tranquilite' (Raymond Evison)

A plant named to acknowledge the wonderful care that people receive at Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey.

Acer palmatum 'Metamorphosis' (Burncoose)

Acer palmatum 'Metamorphosis' (Burncoose)

The distinct yellow leaf in spring sets METAMORPHOSA apart.

Hydrangea 'Gold Rush' (Hillier)

Hydrangea 'Gold Rush' (Hillier)

A handsome plant as a subspecies with the added season of interest being the large, velvety, flame orange spring leaves that mature to strong golden-yellow early summer.

Tomato 'Shimmer' (Pennard Plants)

Tomato 'Shimmer' (Pennard Plants)

A red, gold and green striped plum tomato with exceptional taste and high levels of lycopene.

Salvia 'Kisses and Wishes' (Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants)

Salvia 'Kisses and Wishes' (Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants)

This was discovered as a mutation from Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' by Sarah Jane Knott of Southwater.

Viola 'Bridie' (Victorian Violas)

Viola 'Bridie' (Victorian Violas)

This unique scented viola has attractive frilled, pale primrose petals edged with violet and offers versatility for planting on the patio or in the garden.

Pepper 'Lemon Dream'

Pepper 'Lemon Dream'

A companion plant to 'Tangerine Dream' but more compact.

Zantedeschia 'Flirt' (Brighter Blooms)

Zantedeschia 'Flirt' (Brighter Blooms)

Zantedeschia 'Flirt' was bred in New Zealand by Andrew Wearmouth.

Phormium 'Blondie' (HTA/Wyevale Nurseries)

Phormium 'Blondie' (HTA/Wyevale Nurseries)

This new cultivar is a sport selection that was spotted in a crop of Phormium subsp. hookeri 'Cream Delight' in Tauranga, New Zealand back in 2011.

Dahlia Lubega Tricolour (Thompson & Morgan)

Dahlia Lubega Tricolour (Thompson & Morgan)

Representing a major colour breakthrough as the red, yellow and white areas on the petals give blooms an ever-changing appearance through the flowering period.

Sunbelievable ''Brown Eyed Girl'

Sunbelievable ''Brown Eyed Girl'

The first cutting raised annual sunflower to reliably bloom without stopping for 6 months.

Garvinea Gerbera Sweet Sunset

Garvinea Gerbera Sweet Sunset

The first bicolour cultivar in this series and the benchmark for the future.

Clematis 'Sarah Elizabeth' (Raymond Evison)

Clematis 'Sarah Elizabeth' (Raymond Evison)

This is a breakthrough as far as pink flowered clematis go.

Powerdaisy Tango (HTA/Kerley)

Powerdaisy Tango (HTA/Kerley)

The first orange Calendula that flowers all season.

Isotoma axillaris 'Fizz n'Pop Glowing Purple'

Isotoma axillaris 'Fizz n'Pop Glowing Purple'

Isotoma axillaris 'Fizz n'Pop Glowing Purple' is the largest flowered Isotoma with the deepest unfading purple flowers to date.

Rosa EMILY BRONTË ('Ausearnshaw')

Rosa EMILY BRONTË ('Ausearnshaw')

David Austin was asked by The Brontë Society to name this rose to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the esteemed novelist, Emily Brontë.

Malus toringo 'Aros'

Malus toringo 'Aros'

Malus toringo 'Aros' was bred in Denmark by Karsten Jensen, a passionate and knowledgeable plantsman and nurseryman.

Eryngium 'Blue Waves'

Eryngium 'Blue Waves'

Eryngium 'Blue Waves' has big showy bracts in scale with stem height.

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'  (Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants)

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' (Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants)

Hardy perennial, flowering spring to early summer.


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