The RHS Chelsea Flower Show New Plant List 2017 outlines plants that are brand new to the UK flower market this year, and plants that will star at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27) for the first time this year.
Here are our top picks:
1. Rosa DAME JUDI DENCH (‘Ausquaker’)
As you’d guess, this pale orange, almost fluffy petalled rose, is named after the legend that is Dame Judi Dench, and its fragrance is said to combine “classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi”.
2. Fuchsia ‘Sarcoma UK’
This blush pink and cerise fuchsia was produced by Ian Strawson, and his partner Bonita Hesketh, after he was diagnosed with Sarcoma in 2015 – hence its name.
3. Chilli pepper ‘Dragon’s Breath’
This chilli has a Guinness World Record breaking heat rating of 2.48 Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units), so much so, it may be used as a numbing agent in medical procedures.
4. Strawberry JUST ADD CREAM ('Tmstr14pnk')
Ideal for popping in a hanging basket, this strawberry plant produces bright pink flowers and the fruits taste like sweeter wild varieties.
5. Cucumber ‘Merlin’
This clever cucumber produced fruits that don’t have seeds and without the need for pollination, and are great for growing even if you don’t have much space.
6. Zantedeschia 'Eyeliner'
These curvy plants start out black in the centre before fading into purple, and then the edges are lined in red – ideal for popping in patio pots.
7. Tiarella 'Raspberry Sundae' (Fox Series)
These pretty pink and white flowers have star-shaped leaves, and are handy for gardeners as they love shade and are much loved by bees.
8. Iris ‘Rachel de Thame’
With layers of ruffled petals, this iris looks almost tie-dye with its array of pinks, oranges, reds and luminous purples.
9. Pelargonium 'Rushmoor Amazon' (Rushmoor River Series)
In the running for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition, this pale-yellow flower with a hint of red, has been 30 years in the making.
10. Rosa MARGARET GREVILLE (‘Beajoker’)
This shrub is a deep coral, with perfectly curved petals set against dark green shiny foliage, and will cascade if planted in a tub.
11. Heuchera 'Sweet Caroline' (Fox Series)
Created five years ago, this hardy evergreen has salmon-pink flowers and is said to be very easy to grow.
Photo credits: RHS and Ian Strawson
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