The public has crowned their favourite new Clematis in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards.
Visitors to the trial fields at RHS Garden Harlow Carr voted in their thousands across 28 latest varieties of clematis put to the test this summer.
Clematis KINGFISHER (‘Evipo037’) wowed visitors with its profusion of indigo flowers and creamy yellow anthers. Runner up Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska-Curie’ was described by one voter as “spectacular – like a bride in bloom” while Clematis Zara = ‘Evipo062’ secured third place with its abundance of delicate lilac flowers and a long flowering life.
People’s Choice Award Winners:
1. Clematis KINGFISHER = ‘Evipo037’
2. Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska-Curie’
3. Clematis Zara = ‘Evipo062’
4. Clematis BERNADINE = ‘Evipo061’
5. Clematis CÉZANNE = ‘Evipo023’
Sabatino Urzo, Trials Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society, comments:
“Clematis have always been a favourite climber, and with gardens increasingly getting smaller and many front gardens being paved over, they provide an attractive solution for gardeners who want to green up their spaces and add a splash of colour without taking up too much room.
“The People’s Choice Award is an opportunity for the public to marvel at the latest floral breeding and provides valuable feedback for nurseries who work hard to satisfy gardeners’ needs. We hope gardeners will be inspired to get out and get planting this autumn ready for a showy spectacle next year.”
The People’s Choice Awards form part of an annual trials programme run by the RHS. In 2019 the charity is trialling more than 30 different plants. Plants exhibiting the best health, performance and weather endurance are given a much coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
For more information about growing clematis and RHS plant trials visit www.rhs.org.uk