Top Plants and Trees for 2012
Every year Gardeners feast on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, they gobble up the show gardens on Main Avenue and gorge on the bounty of the Floral Marquee. Each and every one of them leaves with a doggy bag of plants and ideas to take back and try in their own gardens.
Here’s our plant picks from the top table. Digest at your leisure.
Lady’s Slipper Orchid, The Telegraph Garden, Sarah Price.
Centaurea ‘Jordy’, Laurent Perrier Garden, Arne Maynard
Sumptious cornflower in ecclesiastical purple, would add sophistication and sway to any garden. Available from Claire Austin Hardy Plants.
Windflower, Anemone leveillei, Laurent Perrier, Arne Maynard
A low growing woodland anemone with dainty white petals and delicate, nodding violet stamens. Available from Crocus.
Angelica Archangelica, Andy Sturgeon, M & G Investment Garden
Unbeatable for architectural presence, this stunning umbellifer is always a Chelsea winner. Available from Macplants.
Clematis, Countess of Wessex, Raymond Evison Clematis
A new introduction from Clematis Maestro Raymond Evison, this is a show-stopping compact clematis for a semi-shady spot. Available from Raymond Evison.
Prunus Maackii ‘Amber Beauty,’ Homebase Garden, Jo Swift
Magnificent Manchurian Cherry with deep cinnamon, peeling bark – an all season wonder.
Betula Pendula var. Jacquemontii, The Telegraph Garden, Sarah Price
Etheral multi-stemmed silver birch, with ghostly pale, peeling bark and shimmering leaves, on slender branches. Available from Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery. The highly regarded wholesale tree nursery Alba Trees has also launched a retail site Buy Trees Online, silver birch are available as saplings which can be planted together to create a mulit-stemmed effect.
Pleached Copper Beach, Laurent Perrier, Arne Maynard
Bring formality and year round interest to a garden with the rich mahoghany tones of copper beach. Ready pleached and trained trees available from Hedgworx Ltd.