And Suttons’ nominees for Chelsea Plant of the Year 2020 are…

In 2017 and 2019 we were delighted to introduce, through our partner exhibitors, the winning plants in the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition. Unfortunately, it's now been confirmed that the competition isn't going ahead in 2020. However, we’ve decided to introduce you to our ‘would-be’ nominees, which we will now nominate in 2021, so their beauty and unique qualities can still shine in the spotlight. Read on and be one of the first to discover and grow these exciting, new & exclusive introductions from Suttons at home!

What is Chelsea Plant of The Year?

It is a competition for the “trade” to bring the best new plants to the attention of those who attend the show and, more importantly, to the attention of all who love and enjoy their garden. When selecting which plants to enter, our plantsmen talk to breeders from all over the world. Searching out the most exciting new introductions for the competition.

All the successful plants since the first winner in 2010, have gone on to be widely grown and have enjoyed huge popularity amongst the gardening public. A true accolade and highly symbolic of the community created by gardening.

How are the plants judged?

The judging panel comprises of a group of experts with a wealth of knowledge and passion who come together, volunteering their time to make the incredibly tough decision on the winning plant. The judges will be looking for the winning criteria which will need to include all three of the following features:

INNOVATION - The plant must be genuinely new and offer significant benefits within those features. This will outweigh a new colour on an existing plant for example.

APPEAL - Will the plant stand the test of time? It will need to sustain its popularity to secure a place with those of true significance.

EXCELLENCE AND IMPACT - Both judges and gardeners will be looking for the “wow” factor. So, all the short-listed nominees will be on show at Chelsea on the promenade within the pavilions. Specimens on display will need to be presented at their best. It is this that will give them the conviction in their decision making, for then they will know they have chosen the right winning plant.

Jacaranda Bonsai Blue

Growing

Bonsai Blue prefers well-draining, enriched soil and will require regular watering, especially during the first growing season. However, once established, you can reduce the frequency of watering.

This dwarf variety is heat & drought tolerant and its rounded habit & compact height protects itself from frosts below -2 degrees. Previously grown in the UK for their beautiful fern like foliage, Bonsai Blue also provides stunning blue flowers in late May-June. Prune annually to maintain the desired size.

The story of the Jacaranda Bonsai Blue

If you have travelled to some far flung places, you may have seen the streets lined with huge Jacaranda trees growing to 20 metres high, arching overhead, enclosing you in a giant ripcurl wave effect of the brightest blue flowers both above your head and below your feet. In fact, the capital of South Africa, Pretoria, is also known as Jacaranda city due to its prevalence!

Around 15 years ago, Mr Sakai made a chance discovery in Japan of a single flowering branch on a young Jacaranda tree (they normally take up to 15 years to flower). After more than 10 years of careful selective breeding Mr Sakai has finally perfected the early years flowering, dwarf Jacaranda that you see here, so thanks to his efforts, any of us can enjoy this wonderful plant in our own gardens or patios.

Now at last, UK gardeners can also grow and appreciate the soft, fern like foliage of this world first, compact Jacaranda but also be astonished by its breath-taking flowers.

1 x 15cm Potted Plant

£25.99

Limonium Dazzle Rocks

Growing

Grow Limonium in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Once established, it’s fairly drought-tolerant, but thrives equally well in better conditions.

Dazzle Rocks only grows to about 30-40 cm, but it’s hardy to -25C with masses of Lavender coloured flowers above the silvery green foliage. The strong stems that hold the flowers are produced in great abundance to make it even more attractive & hardy.

Flowers June/July September. Ht. 30-40cm (12-16"); spread 20-30cm (8-12"). Delivery late June onwards.

The story of the Limonium Dazzle Rocks

Completely unique in the Limonium genus, this stunning and brand-new variety is a breeding breakthrough and answers all the problems many have had with other varieties over the years.

Peter van Stejn specialises in finding and breeding plants that will dazzle, both in the garden and as cut flowers. Having collected Limonium gmelinii seed from the wild in Hungary, where they exhibit wide variations in the number and height of flower stems, Peter spent ten years of selective crossing to develop this compact plant with many more flower stems than normal.

Unusual in being both compact, fully hardy and floriferous, Dazzle Rocks creates long lasting, 30-40cm high pillows in ever popular bright blue shades from June - September. They look brilliant in a cut flower display and can also be dried for the winter months. Easy to maintain and loved by the pollinating insects too!

1 x 9cm Potted Plant

£9.99

Jacaranda Bonsai Blue

The story of the Jacaranda Bonsai Blue

If you have travelled to some far flung places, you may have seen the streets lined with huge Jacaranda trees growing to 20 metres high, arching overhead, enclosing you in a giant ripcurl wave effect of the brightest blue flowers both above your head and below your feet. In fact, the capital of South Africa, Pretoria, is also known as Jacaranda city due to its prevalence!

Around 15 years ago, Mr Sakai made a chance discovery in Japan of a single flowering branch on a young Jacaranda tree (they normally take up to 15 years to flower). After more than 10 years of careful selective breeding Mr Sakai has finally perfected the early years flowering, dwarf Jacaranda that you see here, so thanks to his efforts, any of us can enjoy this wonderful plant in our own gardens or patios.

Now at last, UK gardeners can also grow and appreciate the soft, fern like foliage of this world first, compact Jacaranda but also be astonished by its breath-taking flowers.

Growing

Bonsai Blue prefers well-draining, enriched soil and will require regular watering, especially during the first growing season. However, once established, you can reduce the frequency of watering.

This dwarf variety is heat & drought tolerant and its rounded habit & compact height protects itself from frosts below -2 degrees. Previously grown in the UK for their beautiful fern like foliage, Bonsai Blue also provides stunning blue flowers in late May-June. Prune annually to maintain the desired size.

1 x 15cm Potted Plant

£25.99

Limonium Dazzle Rocks

The story of the Limonium Dazzle Rocks

Completely unique in the Limonium genus, this stunning and brand-new variety is a breeding breakthrough and answers all the problems many have had with other varieties over the years.

Peter van Stejn specialises in finding and breeding plants that will dazzle, both in the garden and as cut flowers. Having collected Limonium gmelinii seed from the wild in Hungary, where they exhibit wide variations in the number and height of flower stems, Peter spent ten years of selective crossing to develop this compact plant with many more flower stems than normal.

Unusual in being both compact, fully hardy and floriferous, Dazzle Rocks creates long lasting, 30-40cm high pillows in ever popular bright blue shades from June - September. They look brilliant in a cut flower display and can also be dried for the winter months. Easy to maintain and loved by the pollinating insects too!

Growing

Grow Limonium in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Once established, it’s fairly drought-tolerant, but thrives equally well in better conditions.

Dazzle Rocks only grows to about 30-40 cm, but it’s hardy to -25C with masses of Lavender coloured flowers above the silvery green foliage. The strong stems that hold the flowers are produced in great abundance to make it even more attractive & hardy.

Flowers June/July September. Ht. 30-40cm (12-16"); spread 20-30cm (8-12"). Delivery late June onwards.

1 x 9cm Potted Plant

£9.99

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