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Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Decade People’s Vote

Close-up of flowers of Streptocarpus Harlequin Blue. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall
Close-up of flowers of Streptocarpus Harlequin Blue. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

Your chance to vote for your favourite plant!

I got it right – the winner is Streptocarpus Harlequin Blue!

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will hold a special People’s Choice vote for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade during its first virtual show, taking place from May 18-23.

For the first time in its history, the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show will take place online after it was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Each year, the show chooses an RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year selected by an audience of more than 100 plant experts, including members of trials forums and the seven RHS Plant Committees.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary this year, the virtual flower show will host a People’s Choice vote for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade, allowing everyone to vote for their overall favourite from the previous winners.

Promoting plant breeders and nurseries

The Chelsea Plant of the Year was launched in 2010 to promote the work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved and exciting new plants.

Katherine Potsides, RHS Head of Shows Development, said: “Plans for the first Virtual Chelsea are well under way and we are delighted to still be able to share the best in our horticultural world despite it being a hugely challenging time for everyone.

“These competitions shine a light on some of the best in product design and innovations in plant breeding, and have become a highlight for our visitors and gardeners everywhere so we are thrilled we are able to share and celebrate them once again in 2020.”

The RHS website will become host to the Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 18-23), with free, inspiring content, and Monday, May 18 being Members’ Day.

Chelsea Plants of the Year 2010-19 – have your say!

2010: Streptocarpus Harlequin Blue – Dibley’s Nurseries (bred by Lynne Dibley, UK).

Anemone Wild Swan. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2013. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Anemone Wild Swan. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2013. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle

2011: Anemone Wild Swan (Macane001) – Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants (bred by Elizabeth MacGregor, UK).

Digitalis x valinii Illumination Pink - Illumination Series. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2012. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall
Digitalis x valinii Illumination Pink – Illumination Series. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2012. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

2012: Digitalis Illumination Pink (Tmdgfp001) – Bee Up Front Garden (bred by Charles Valin, Thompson & Morgan, UK).

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis Soft Caress. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2013. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall
Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis Soft Caress. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2013. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

2013: Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis Soft Caress – SeeAbility Garden (bred by Ozzie Johnson of ItSaul Plants, USA).

Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2014. Picture; RHS/Julian Weigall
Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2014. Picture; RHS/Julian Weigall

2014: Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori (H20–2) – Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres (bred by Ryoji Irie, Japan).

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2015. Picture; RHS/Julian Weigall
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2015. Picture; RHS/Julian Weigall

2015: Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise (Jww5) – Burncoose Nurseries (bred by Jan Willem Wezelenburg, Holland).

Clematis koreana Amber. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2016. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Clematis koreana Amber. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2016. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle

2016: Clematis koreana Amber (Wit141205) – Taylors Clematis (bred by Marco de Wit, Holland).

Morus rotundiloba Charlotte Russe (Matsunaga). Chelsea Plant of the Year 2017. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Morus rotundiloba Charlotte Russe (Matsunaga). Chelsea Plant of the Year 2017. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle

2017: Morus Waisei-kirishima-shikinari (entered as Mulberry Matsunaga) – Horticultural Trades Association (bred by Hajime Matsunaga, Japan).

Hydrangea Runaway Bride Snow White. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth
Hydrangea Runaway Bride Snow White. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth

2018: Hydrangea Runaway Bride Snow White (USHYD0405) – The Sun (bred by Ushio Sakazaki, Japan).

Sedum takesimense Atlantis (Nonsitnal). Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth
Sedum takesimense Atlantis (Nonsitnal). Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth

2019: Sedum takesimense Atlantis (Nonsitnal) – National Dahlia Collection (bred by Walters Gardens).

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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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