Rosemary and Robert Hardy unveil plans for Chelsea stand

Rosemary and Robert Hardy will be celebrating their 21st year in business as Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants by creating a multi-level stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, featuring new plants and sculpture at its centrepiece.

The stand will cover 8m x 8m and have a layer of planting at ground level, then a further tier raised one foot off the ground. The exhibit will be built around a sculpture created by New Forest-based sculptor Colin Philips.

Plants featured on the stand include Scabiosa africana 'Jocelyn', which was bred by the Hardys at their Whitchurch nursery.

Unlike the standard Scabiosa africana, which is lilac, this new form is clear pink. The plant was named after the nanny of Rosemary and Robert's son Cameron who is "thrilled to bits at the honour of having a plant named after him."
Other plants on show will be Geum ‘Pink Frills', Libertia grandiflora and Astrantia 'Moira Read', which was once thought to be lost from the gardening world, but was brought back into mainstream gardening "by some excellent propagation work by Eric Palmer", said Robert Hardy.

Height will be added by using the chinese foxglove Rehmannia elata, a perennial bearing large bright pink and red bell-flowers with yellow-spotted throats.

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