A perennial poppy and a commemorative clematis are two of the highlights within the Great Pavilion at this year's centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21 - 25 May 2013).
Durham-based Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries will introduce Meconopsis punicea ‘Sichuan Silk'. This striking red poppy is a perennial form of M. punicea making it very unusual in this normally monocarpic species. It was found on the Tibetan plateau in 2003 by alpine plantsman Ian Christie, and first flowered in 2005.
Guernsey-based Raymond Evison Clematis will be exhibiting new hybrid cultivars of clematis.
In celebration of the centenary year of the show, the nursery will unveil Clematis Chelsea (‘Evipo100'), a compact creamy white clematis ideal for small gardens, among low-growing shrubs in containers on patios or balconies.
It will also introduce Clematis Samaritan Jo (‘Evipo075'), a long-flowering distinct clematis, with blooms that, very unusually, have six or more pointed sepals.
Other new plants of note come from Cayeux Iris, which plans to launch a number of new irises including Iris ‘Nelly Tardivier'.
Named in in memory of Madame Tardivier, former director of the Jardins des Tuileries at the Louvre in Paris, this iris has numerous ruffled flowers with combinations of light pink, copper and bronze coloured beards.
The breeder willl also bring Iris ‘Saphir Jaune', a rare bicolour iris which features pale lavender-blue, yellow and white combinations.
David Austin will introduce a number of new roses which range from, Rosa The Lady Gardener (‘Ausbrass'), an unusual hybrid of an old English rose, to a zesty lemon-fragranced bloom resembling an informal shrub rose, Rosa Thomas à Becket (‘Auswinston').