With no Chelsea Flower Show 2020 and no plant of the year, the RHS is inviting YOU to vote for Plant of the Decade!

There is a massive Chelsea-shaped hole in our lives right now and one of the highlights of the RHS flower show that we are missing the most is the announcement of Plant of the Year.

Each year the show also awards the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year, a wonderful accolade selected by more than 100 plant experts, including members of trials forums and the seven RHS Plant Committees.

For 2020, in the absence of the ‘real’ Chelsea Flower Show and to celebrate a decade of Plant of the Year being awarded, the RHS is looking for the Plant of the decade – and your vote will count!

This one-off People’s Choice vote for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade lets everyone to vote for their overall favourite from the previous winners of the past 10 years.

The winners have been:

2010: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ from Dibleys Nurseries (bred by Lynne Dibley, UK)

Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ was RHS plant of the year 2010


2011: Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants (bred by Elizabeth MacGregor, UK)

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ was RHS plant of the year 2011


2012: Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’ (bred by Charles Valin, Thompson & Morgan, UK)

Foxglove ‘Illumination Pink’ was RHS plant of the year in 2012


2013: Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’ (bred by Ozzie Johnson of ItSaul Plants, USA)

Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ was named RHS plant of the year 2013


2014: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Miss Saori’ from Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres (bred by Ryoji Irie, Japan)

In 2014 Hydrangea macrophilla ‘Miss Saori’ was names RHS plant of the year


2015: Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ from Burncoose Nurseries (bred by Jan Willem Wezelenburg, Holland)

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro’ was plant of the year in 2015


2016: Clematis koreana ‘Amber’ from Taylors Clematis (bred by Marco de Wit, Holland)

Clematis  ‘Amber’ was named RHS plant of the year in 2016


2017: Morus ‘Waisei-kirishima-shikinari’, entered as Mulberry ‘Matsunaga’ (bred by Hajime Matsunaga, Japan)

A mulberry bush Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ won the plant of the year accolade in 2017


2018: Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride Snow White’ (bred by Ushio Sakazaki, Japan)

Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’ took the top award of RHS plant of the year in 2018


2019: Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis’ from the National Dahlia Collection (bred by Walters Gardens)

In 2019 Sedum takesimense ‘Atlants’ was awarded RHS plant of the year at Chelsea Flower Show


The Chelsea Plant of the Year was launched in 2010 to promote the continuing work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved and exciting new plants and welcomes entries from exhibitors in the Great Pavilion.

Voting for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade is open until Friday, May 22 and the winner will be announced on Saturday, May 23.

Katherine Potsides, RHS Head of Shows Development, says: “These competitions shine a light on some of the best in product design and innovations in plant breeding, and have become a highlight for our visitors and gardeners everywhere so we are thrilled we are able to share and celebrate them once again in 2020.”

The RHS website is currently staging Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week and yu can vote for your Plant of the decade at rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea/plant-of-the-decade/peoples-choice


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