RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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

RHS plans virtual Chelsea Flower Show after coronavirus cancellation to fill "immense hole"

RHS plans virtual Chelsea Flower Show after coronavirus cancellation to fill "immense hole"

The RHS is to run a virtual Chelsea in May 2020.

Have you got a field for us to stage our Chelsea Flower Show Pyramid? - asks Peter Seabrook

Have you got a field for us to stage our Chelsea Flower Show Pyramid? - asks Peter Seabrook

Garden writer Peter Seabrook is looking for a venue to display his RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 display after the RHS cancelled all its shows from April-June because of the threat of coronavirus.

Coronavirus RHS Chelsea Flower Show cancellation brings anxiety for growers

Coronavirus RHS Chelsea Flower Show cancellation brings anxiety for growers

A RHS Chelsea Flower Show grower says it will be impossible to hold plants until 2021.

HTA cancels National Plant Show because of coronavirus threat

HTA cancels National Plant Show because of coronavirus threat

The 16-17 June Stoneleigh show is off and joins a string of events including Dutch FlowerTrials and RHS Chelsea Flower Show that have already been cancelled.

Analysis and comment

New Plants 2019

Streptocarpus 'Gold Rose'

Streptocarpus 'Gold Rose'

Streptocarpus 'Gold Rose', which flowers 10 months a season, will launch at Chelsea.

Clematis 'Charmaine'

Clematis 'Charmaine'

Clematis 'Charmaine' was launched at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower show.

Rosa 'Sweet Syrie'

Rosa 'Sweet Syrie'

Harkness Roses' Rosa 'Sweet Syrie' was on the longlist for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year award.


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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