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’, 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.
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.
The huge umbrella 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!