Get the Chelsea Look

Get the Chelsea Look

The world famous Chelsea Flower Show is a celebration of the very best of every aspect of gardening. Since 1862 (and since 1913 at the familiar Chelsea Hospital venue), the spring show of the Royal Horticultural Society has inspired new trends, showcased new designs and seen the unveiling of brand new plant varieties.

This year the unmissable show is taking place between 24th and 28th May, and we will be in touch with you each day with news from the heart of the action and our recommendations for plants that will provide your garden with a touch of the Chelsea glamour. In particular, we will be referring to the wellness theme of many of the show garden designs and new plant introductions this year, in recognition of the importance of gardens and gardening to our health and wellbeing.

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Here, we are looking back at some of the past winners of the prestigious 'Plant of the Year' Award, selected by RHS committee members from plants introduced that year. All of these top plants are either already in stock here at Burford, or available to order for delivery very soon.

Winner 2011 - Anemone 'Wild Swan'

Anenome Wild Swan

A long flowering variety of windflower with blue-purple-backed dazzling white flowers that open fully in daylight. It is a useful plant as it thrives in dappled shade.

Winner 2012 - Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'

Digitalis Illumination Pink

An exotic-looking perennial foxglove with distinctive apricot and pink petals that seem to glow. Another RHS winner with a long flowering period, it is ideal for adding height and dramatic colour to borders, whether sunny or in partial shade.

Winner 2013 - Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

Mahonia eurybracteata Soft Caress

A yellow-flowered, spike-free Mahonia variety, perfect for planting along a path or patio edge. The light foliage looks great against a deep green hedge and would also brighten a dark spot in a garden border.

Winner 2014 - Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori'

Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori

An unusual variety of hydrangea featuring spectacularly beautiful double white flowers edged with pink. The lush green foliage develops a burgundy hue in the autumn.

Winner 2015 - Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise'

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise

This elegant deciduous shrub has distinctive tiered branches and in spring it has breathtaking lace-like white flowers with a soft pink blush. These are followed in summer by eye-catching red berries that are very popular with garden birds. In late summer a second flush of flowers appears and in autumn the foliage draws attention with its fiery red and orange hues.

'Plant of the Centenary' Winner - Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium Rozanne

To celebrate 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, the Royal Horticultural Society picked a plant from each decade and asked the public to vote for their favourite. The overall winner was this beautiful, frost-hardy herbaceous geranium. With its profusion of saucer-shaped violet flowers with white centres, amid slightly marled, lush green foliage, it is a perfect gap filler, and looks particularly good beneath roses.

And the winner of the 2016 'Plant of the Year'?
Watch this space ...


We'll let you in on this exciting news just as soon as we know!

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