RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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

What insight do gardens planned for Chelsea give us into planting trends for 2019?
Growers invited to submit plants for Chelsea children's gardening exhibit

Growers invited to submit plants for Chelsea children's gardening exhibit

An HTA exhbit for next year's Chelsea flower show aims to "bring to life simple projects which can be used to engage children in gardening whilst fostering their social, emotional and educational development", the association has said.

Chelsea themes emerge as big names return to 2019 show

Chelsea themes emerge as big names return to 2019 show

Ahead of this week's announcement of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 content, several themes are emerging for the 21-25 May event.

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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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