Miracle-Gro’wers Chelsea plants
Our RHS Chelsea Flower Show display this year features some new plants grown by our Miracle-Gro'wers schoolchildren. Some of these were put forward for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Best New Plant Competition.
Although none of our entries won outright, Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Glow was voted third best - only being pipped to second place by 1 vote. The Best New Plant went to Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori (‘H20-2’).
In all respects, Garvinea is a true innovation. Garvinea is a revolution in garden plants – with a generous flowering period of three long seasons from early spring until the first autumn frost. Plants produce more than 100 flowers creating a beautiful spectacle in the garden and they can be picked and enjoyed as cut flowers.
The large-flowered Garvinea Sweet Series features Garvinea Sweet Glow (orange) as well as Garvinea Sweet Dreams (purple), Garvinea Sweet Sixteen (pink) and Garvinea Sweet Honey (golden yellow).
Two other new plants grown by our Miracle-Gro'wers schoolchildren were among the 20 shortlisted plants from more than 40 plants entered.
Unlike other alstroemerias, Inca Smile has giant flowers, at least twice the size of many other alstroemeria varieties, which have much more impact than similar dwarf varieties. The flowers stand well above the neat foliage. It is an amazing border plant, for the front of the border, but is also perfectly suitable for patio containers, somewhere that has previously been difficult to establish. The blooms are incredibly beautiful, like orchids, and this strain represents the first of a new line of big impact patio Peruvian lilies.
Black Night is the world’s first double black petunia. It doesn’t set seed, which means it flowers continuously throughout summer. The flowers have good weather resistance and are constantly produced, making Black Night very low maintenance. The ruffled double flowers are longer lasting and more robust than single black petunias. The two-tone velvety sheen of the petals gives Black Night a very contemporary look and feel.