Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is to open a 50 years of Britain in Bloom in the South West garden at Chelsea Flower Show designed by RHS gold medal winner Jon Wheatley.
Vvarieties have been provided by Suttons Seeds and grown by Terry Porter. The garden, supported by Britain in Bloom South West sponsor Viridor, will be planted in their Revive compost and soil conditioner.
A Suttons representative said: "With this garden we want to promote the fact that through all the crisis of flooding in the area recently, the South West is open for business and tourism.
"We have been very, very lucky in the extreme generosity of Ian Gillan, the singer with Deep Purple, who is based in the South West, and who has agreed to open our garden. Apart from the locality connection we will also be promoting a ‘top secret’ new variety which is deep purple/black in colour."
Suttons new trial grounds in Paignton, Devon will open on 8-10 August.