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RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019: T&M

Osteospermum Purple Sun. Picture; T&M
Osteospermum Purple Sun. Picture; T&M

Eight new plants for RHS Chelsea 2019

After winning last year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition with Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® Snow White, Thompson & Morgan has unveiled eight new varieties for 2019.

The plants are:

  • Clematis Kokonoe: Uniquely changing flower shape, opening as single blooms and developing into flamboyant doubles.
  • Nepeta Neptune: Abundant flowers ‘rebloom’ on a compact, bushy habit; firm foliage is perfect for making tea.
  • Ajuga Princess Nadia: Brings together the best evergreen, variegated foliage and flower spikes. Year-round interest.
  • Agapanthus Fireworks: The best bicolour, offering bigger blooms, better colour and more stems per plant than previous cultivars.
  • Buddleja Butterfly Towers: Grows up, rather than out, so it suits even the smallest garden. Thrives in containers and makes a great flowering hedge.
  • Osteospermum Purple Sun: A previously unseen colour combination of orange and pink. The pink-purple centre spreads outwards as the season progresses.
  • Chlorophytum Starlight: Hardy spider plant with the architectural appeal of ornamental grass and the flowering performance of a bedding plant. Attractive variegated foliage and pretty white flowers.
  • Clematis Little Lemons: Very unusual long-flowering, dwarf clematis. Excellent in pots and hanging baskets.
Behind the Genes Garden. Picture; T&M
Behind the Genes Garden. Picture; T&M

Behind the Genes Garden

The company has also announced its partnership with Sparsholt College Hampshire on the Behind the Genes garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden, which is in the Discovery area of the Great Pavilion, focuses on plant breeding and explains techniques used to bring about improvements in plant species.

Students at Sparsholt College have been involved in the design of the garden and have nurtured the plants to illustrate various key milestones in plant breeding over the years.

Thompson & Morgan has had other success in the competition, including foxglove or Digitalis Illumination Pink which won RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year in 2012 and which will feature on the Behind the Genes garden.

Also appearing at RHS Chelsea 2019 is last year’s winner, Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® Snow White and the third-placed sunflower, Helianthus SunBelievable™ Brown Eyed Girl.

T&M’s trainee manager, Lance Russell, is an alumnus of Sparsholt College and is fronting the recent increase in film content on its website. He can be seen in the video ‘Journey to Chelsea’.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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