Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery has been crowned best in show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show which takes place today and tomorrow (24 and 25 June) at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
With its striking bright orange open flowers and sturdy upright stems with more pronounced sepals Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ really stands out. With good bud colour and clean foliage this compact and hardy trollius is easy to grow and is suited to any moist good soil in a sun or part shade position. Launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 it is is more floriflorus than other varieties and also re-blooms throughout the season.
Judging Panel member HTA President Stan Green comments, “Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ has great appeal with its vibrant colour, dramatic flowers and upright form making it a fantastic plant for any herbaceous border. It has a real ‘wow factor’ and I am sure will be a popular choice for garden centre customers when it comes to market next year.”
He adds, “With a huge number of entries to the New Plant Awards this year the judges were faced with some extremely tough decisions – not least picking the best in show plant from the category winners. After viewing the plants in natural light Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ with its glimmering and vivid flowers came out on top, with Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’ a very close second.”
This year’s awards, sponsored by RHS, attracted over 120 entries across five categories. The winning plants are…..
Gold and Best in Category – Impatiens SunPatiens ‘Electric Orange’ – Earley Ornamentals
Gold – Dianthus Suntory ‘Pink’ – Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd
Gold – Petunia Happy Magic Mini ‘Double Black’ – Channel Island Plants (UK) Ltd
Silver – Calibrachoa Minifamous ‘Double Soft Pink’ – Pentland Plants Ltd
Silver – Pelargonium grandiflorum ‘Bermuda Soft Pink’ – Eagle Plants Ltd
Bronze – Begonia F1 ‘Majestic Sunrise’ – Ball Colegrave
Gold and Best in Category – Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’ – Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweathers
Silver – Dianthus ‘Twinkle Star’ – Whetman Pinks and Lovania Nurseries
Silver – Rodgersia ‘Bronze Peacock’ – Kernock Park Plants
Bronze – Eryngium x zabelli ‘Neptunes Gold’ – Lovania Nurseries and Seoint Nurseries
Bronze – Rhodoxis – Eagle Plants Ltd
Gold and Best in Category – Phalaenopsis ‘Japanese Cascade’ – Garden Centre Fresh
Silver – Phalaenopsis ‘1072’ – Javado UK
Bronze – Euphorbia Monadenium – Javado UK
Shrubs and Climbers
Gold and Best in Category – Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’ – Javado UK
Silver – Hydrangea ‘Black Diamond’ series ‘Baroque Angel’ – Profitplant (Batchmere Ltd)
Bronze – Clematis Prince George – New Leaf Plants
Bronze – Starlet Roses ‘Carmen’ – Burston Nurseries
Bronze – The Poet’s Wife (Auswhisper) – David Austin Roses
Trees and Conifers
Gold and Best in Category – Mini Cherry ‘Cinderella’ – Blackmoor Nurseries
Bronze – Acer ‘Going Green’ – Garden Centre Fresh
The New Plant Award judges were HTA President Stan Green, Jane Templar from Homebase, Mark Heath from the RHS, Chris Young, editor of The Garden and Chris Spanton from Suttons.
All New Plant Award entries can be viewed at the show and visitors too can have their say by taking part in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia. The winner of the Visitor Vote Award will be announced at 3.30pm on Wednesday 25 June.