New entrants for the RHS/Ball Colegrave National Flower Bed Competition in July include Sheffield City Council, Cheshire East Council and St Helier Parks, from Jersey. Also exhibiting for the first time this year are Cheshire West and Chester Council, Partington Town Council of Manchester, Bucksburn in Bloom of Aberdeen and Frinton in Bloom, from Essex.
Tatton Park show manager Kris Hulewicz said: "Bedding has always been popular at the show so it is great to see that local authorities and community groups show such a pride in civic horticulture."
Sheffield City Council won a place in the contest by scooping top prize in the RHS Britain's Best Flower Bed competition in 2008.
The team from Sheffield hopes to impress judges at Tatton with a bed depicting the steel heritage of the city, while St Helier's team will create a bed that celebrates wildlife on the island.
Another 13 entrants will appear at the Cheshire show, which is held on 22-26 July.