Trollius wins best new plant award

Trollius 'Dancing Flame' from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather's Nursery has been crowned best in show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Troillus 'Dancing Flame'
Troillus 'Dancing Flame'

The plant has bright orange open flowers and sturdy upright stems and is suited to moist good soil in a sun or part shade position. It was launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 and is more floriforus than other varieties and also re-blooms throughout the season.

Judging panel member HTA president Stan Green said: "Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ has great appeal with its vibrant colour, dramatic flowers and upright form making it a fantastic plant for any herbaceous border. It has a real ‘wow factor’ and I am sure will be a popular choice for garden centre customers when it comes to market next year."

He added: "With a huge number of entries to the New Plant Awards this year the judges were faced with some extremely tough decisions – not least picking the best in show plant from the category winners. After viewing the plants in natural light Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ with its glimmering and vivid flowers came out on top, with Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’ a very close second."

Winners from the 120 entries across five categories are:

Annuals

Gold and Best in Category – Impatiens SunPatiens ‘Electric Orange’ – Earley Ornamentals

Gold – Dianthus Suntory ‘Pink’ – Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd

Gold – Petunia Happy Magic Mini ‘Double Black’ – Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd

Silver – Calibrachoa Minifamous ‘Double Soft Pink’ – Pentland Plants Ltd

Silver – Pelargonium grandiflorum ‘Bermuda Soft Pink’ – Eagle Plants Ltd

Bronze – Begonia F1 ‘Majestic Sunrise’ – Ball Colegrave

Herbaceous Perennials

Gold and Best in Category – Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ – Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweathers

Silver – Dianthus ‘Twinkle Star’ – Whetman Pinks and Lovania Nurseries

Silver – Rodgersia ‘Bronze Peacock’ – Kernock Park Plants

Bronze – Eryngium x zabelli ‘Neptunes Gold’ – Lovania Nurseries and Seoint Nurseries

Bronze – Rhodoxis – Eagle Plants Ltd

Houseplants

Gold and Best in Category – Phalaenopsis ‘Japanese Cascade’ – Garden Centre Fresh

Silver – Phalaenopsis ‘1072’ - Javado UK

Bronze – Euphorbia Monadenium – Javado UK

Shrubs and Climbers

Gold and Best in Category – Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’ – Javado UK

Silver – Hydrangea ‘Black Diamond’ series ‘Baroque Angel’ – Profitplant (Batchmere Ltd)

Bronze – Clematis Prince George – New Leaf Plants

Bronze – Starlet Roses ‘Carmen’ – Burston Nurseries

Bronze – The Poet’s Wife (Auswhisper) – David Austin Roses

Trees and Conifers

Gold and Best in Category – Mini Cherry ‘Cinderella’ – Blackmoor Nurseries

Bronze – Acer ‘Going Green’ – Garden Centre Fresh

The New Plant Award judges were HTA president Stan Green, Jane Templar from Homebase, Mark Heath from the RHS, Chris Young, editor of The Garden and Chris Spanton from Suttons.


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