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Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® from Frank P Matthews has been crowned this year as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show. The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® is a fantastic form of the already popular spring flowering Laburnum. It is a columnar growing tree with a very narrow upright habit so perfect for any size of garden and even patios and balconies. The bright sunny yellow pendant flowers adorn the tree in May creating a beautiful sunny effect and perfect for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden. It is also winter hardy and heat resistant.

The New Plant Awards, sponsored by the RHS, are the beating heart of the show and create an area bursting with inspiration for our visitors.

Judging Panel member Sabatino Urzo from RHS comments, “We really were spoilt for choice with this year’s plants with all the category winners really bringing something different to the market. It was a unanimous decision that the Laburnum won overall – perfect for gardens of all sizes with its compact nature and bright yellow flowers.”

The winners are:

Gold and Best in Category –  – Helianthus annuus SUNBELIEVABLE BROWN EYED GIRL Sunbeliv01’ from Thompson & Morgan
Gold – Cobbins Nursery Ltd – Helianthus Hybrida Sunfinity®

Silver – Syngenta UK Ltd – Impatiens walleriana Imara

Silver – Thompson & Morgan – Isotoma axillaris FIZZ N’ POP GLOWING PURPLE ‘Tmlu1301’

Silver – Newey – Dahlia Hypnotica Icarus

Silver – Newey – Dahlia XXL Calaya

Silver – Earley Ornamentals Ltd – Pansy Freefall XL Bright Yellow

Silver – Thompson & Morgan – Begonia x tuberhybrida FRAGRANT FALLS ORANGE ‘Tmbg1307’

Bronze – Javado UK – Dianthus – Hilkaylee

Bronze – Newey – Petunia Sweetunia Miss Marvelous


Herbaceous Perennials
Gold and Best in Category – Eryngium Magical Blue Globe from Allensmore Nurseries Ltd

Silver – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd – Eryngium Magical Blue Lagoon

Silver – Farplants – Digitalis ‘Firebird’

Silver – Farplants – Gaura lindheimeri ‘Walberton’s Gold Fountain’

Silver – Farplants – Salvia ‘Rockin Deep Purple’

Silver – Seiont Nurseries Ltd – Heuchera Isabella

Silver – Whetman Pinks Ltd – Bridal Star

Silver – Whetman Pinks Ltd – Flutterby

Silver – Kernock Park Plants – Heuchera Primo ‘Wild Rose’

Bronze – Lovania Nurseries Ltd – Ligularia Pandora

Bronze – Lovania Nurseries Ltd – Ajuga tenorii Princess Nadia ‘

Bronze – Seiont Nurseries Ltd – Heuchera Madison Bride

Bronze – Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Salvia Kisses and Wishes

Bronze – Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Veronica Pink Passion


Gold and Best in Category – FICUS ELASTICA PETIT MELANY from Plant Partners

Silver – Javado UK – Zantedeschia Frozen Planet

Silver – Profitplant UK & Batchmere Ltd – Hydrangea Macrophylla Campino

Bronze – Javado UK – Cambria

Bronze – Javado UK – Cambria RENAISSANCE® CORAL

Bronze – Javado UK – Heliconia psittacorum Curaçao

Bronze – Javado UK – Chrysanthemum (Indicum Grp) Yin Yang

Bronze – Javado UK – Phalaenopsis Indian Summer 501371

Bronze – Plant Partners – Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Marble Planet’

Bronze – Plant Partners – Phalaenopsis Little Kolibri Orchids Lausanne

Bronze – Profitplant UK & Batchmere Ltd – Begonia Elatior Pigonia


Shrubs and Climbers
Gold and Best in Category – Rose ‘Timeless Purple’from Whartons Roses             

Silver – Farplants – Spiraea japonica ‘Walberton’s Plumtastic’

Silver – Hillier Nurseries Ltd – Hydrangea aspera ssp sargentiana ‘Gold Rush’ (GIEL)

Silver – Lovania Nurseries Ltd – Hydrangea paniculata Polestar

Silver – Lovania Nurseries Ltd – Berberis thunbergii Orange Sunrise

Silver – Seiont Nurseries Ltd – Diervilla splendens Diva

Silver – New Leaf Plants Ltd – Clematic Prince Louis

Bronze – Fairweathers & Darby’s Nursery Stock – Lavandula Fairy Wings Blush

Bronze – Plant Partners – Loropetalum chinense Ruby Snow (‘Iwai’PBR) EU 20152503

Bronze – The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, Seiont and Lowaters- Hebe ‘Starlight’


Trees and Conifers
Gold and Best in Category –  Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® from Frank P Matthews Limited

Silver – Frank P Matthews Limited – Apple Eden®

This year’s judging panel included Ken Cox from Glendoick Garden Centre, Sabatino Urzo from The RHS, Val and Steve Bradley from The Sun Gardening Correspondents with HTA’s Martin Simmons overseeing.

All the entries were validated by Joy of Plants.

In addition to the formal announcement in the New Plant Awards area on the opening morning of the show there was also a seminar session for visitors highlighting the award-winning plants and the benefits that they bring to help bolster plant sales.

All New Plant Award entries can be viewed at the show and visitors too can have their say by taking part in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia. The winner of the Visitor Vote Award will be announced on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 June.

The HTA National Plant Show takes place on 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. For more information and to register in advance please visit

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