Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’) representing 1993-2002 has been chosen by the public as RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Centenary.
Over seven thousand people cast their vote online, choosing from a shortlist compiled from the RHS Lindley Library archives of the ten best plants launched at the show since 1913, one for each decade.
The competition celebrates the enduring appeal of plants that made their debut at the Chelsea Flower Show. Almost 50% of the vote went to five plants representing the decades between 1913 and 1962.
Runner up Lupinus Russell hybrids, from 1939, was beaten by a very small margin.
Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’) was first exhibited at the show in 2000. Tall and fast-growing, with violet-blue flowers streaked with red, it is one of the best known hardy geranium cultivars.
Colin Crosbie, curator at RHS Garden Wisley and a member of the panel which selected the shortlist of ten said; "Good plants will remain popular and today’s result confirms the lasting impact that those plants deemed worthy of being launched at Chelsea have had on the gardening world."