THEALE, UK, June 30, 2012: Hebe ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ from Tully Nurseries has been crowned ‘Best in Show’ at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show which was held from June 26 to 27 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
With its spiky foliage, nice rounded habit and the added benefit of cream, pink and green foliage Hebe ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ is set to be a popular impulse plant. It has lilac flowers in June and July, is easy to grow and disease resistant for mildew and leaf spot. While the foliage of other Hebes colour up better in cooler temperatures in winter and spring, this Hebe looks best in summer – presenting retailers huge sales potential across a longer window.
Chair of the judging panel, David Gilchrist comments, “With such a huge selection of fantastic new plants across all categories the judges were spoilt for choice. Hebe ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ really stands out as an extremely saleable plant with a good shelf life that is easy to grow. With its striking foliage and lilac flowers it has the ‘wow’ factor and within a plantarea will catch the eye of the gardening public presenting tremendous potential for garden retailers.”
This year’s awards, sponsored by ProVar, attracted over 100 entries across six categories:- annual, breeder innovation, climber, hardy nursery stock, herbacous perennial, and new for 2012, houseplant.
The winning plants are…..
Gold and Best in Category – Impatiens Sunpatiens ‘Compact Red’ – Earley Ornamentals
Gold and Best in Category – Begonia ‘Summerglory’ – Beekenkamp Plants B.V
Gold and Best in Category – Hydrangea Petiolaris ‘Summer Snow’ – Liss Forest Nursery
Hardy Nursery Stock
Gold and Best in Category – Hebe ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ – Tully Nurseries
Gold and Best in Category – Leucanthemum ‘Freak’ – Fairweathers
Gold and Best in Category – Kalanchoe Queen RoseFlowers ‘Candice’ – Javado
The New Plant Award judges were Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries, Neil Fishlock of Dobbies Garden Centres, Anisa Gress, news editor of the RHS The Garden magazine, horticulturalist Chris Lane and HTA horticultural adviser David Gilchrist.