The Plant of the Year competition at Chelsea has only been running a few years, but it’s really shone the spotlight on one of the things the show has always done well.
New plants first seen at Chelsea include favourites like Geranium ‘Rosanne’ and the ‘Yak’ (yakushimanum) rhododendron hybrids, as well as uncounted classic roses: in short, some of the best and widely-grown plants in the world.
Now the best new releases of the season compete for the chance to be crowned as the one to watch for this year. The worthy winner, from Taylors Clematis, was the somewhat unpronounceable but very beautiful Clematis chiinanensis ‘Amber’. It even flowers twice a year, to add good value to its considerable charms.
Here are a few more of the new arrivals on the horticultural scene this year. Not all were finalists in the Plant of the Year competition but all, I hope you agree, look likely to have an illustrious future in our gardens ahead of them.