We were delighted to receive a Silver-Gilt medal for our stand this year, “Plants from People’s Past”. Here are the most sought after and talked about plants from our stand this year so far. Click here for more pictures of these plants.
Aphrodite’ was undoubtedly the most sought after and commented on plant on our stand immediately behind the sales point. This large bushy shrub grows to around 6ft in height.
It is totally hardy and prefers full sun in neutral to acidic soil conditions. The huge red flowers have white blotches on the tips of the inner petals and have a strong spicy scent.
GREVILLEA ‘Bronze Rambler’
Grevillea ‘Bronze Rambler’, this is a totally hardy spreading groundcover grevillea suitable for growing on a hot dry bank. The spikes of deep purple-red flowers appear right through the year and are nicely offset by the bronze coloured new growth.
The plant on our stand appeared upright only because it had been trained up a cane especially for the show.
Euphorbia stygiana is a rare species of euphorbia which is endangered in the wild in the Azores and has seldom ever been seen before in flower at Chelsea.
The flower heads are honey scented and this species is an excellent architectural shrub growing up to 5ft in height. It requires a hot dry location.
Dipelta yunnanensis is a rare Chinese shrub seldom seen in flower at Chelsea except in this very early flowering year. The flowers resemble those of a Weigelia and the creamy white trumpets are filled with an orange blotch.
After flowering the shrub produces clusters of attractive winged fruits as could also be seen on the plant on our stand.
Styrax obassia appears in full flower on our Chelsea stand for the first time. This species grows into a small tree and is best grown on a bank where you can peer up at the large ovate leaves and terminal racemes of fragrant bell shaped white flowers.
Just as it was on the stand in fact.
Aristea ecklonii with its loose spike-like panicles of saucer shaped blue flowers certainly caught visitors’ attention on the stand planted as a clump of five large plants.
Although this is of South African origin it is perfectly suited to milder and coastal locations where it enjoys full sun.
In colder parts of the country it should be grown in containers and overwintered in the greenhouse.
EMBOTHRIUM coccineum lanceolatum
Chilean Fire Bush
The massed orange-scarlet flowers of this small tree were greatly admired on our stand above the water feature.
This can be a difficult plant to get established in the garden but it flowers in full sun in a hot, dry location even in the poorest soils. It dislikes fertiliser and rich improved soils.
PODOPHYLLUM versipelle ‘Kaleidoscope’
The huge um
brella leaves of this unusual plant were each nearly 15in across on the stand. The colour combination of bronze and creamy overlaying green was quite stunning as many visitors agreed and the plant had not even produced its flowers yet!