The results are in: What the best-dressed gardens will be wearing next summer

Last month I showed some of the plants I liked at the Ball Colegrave Open Days. I also mentioned that all the 3000 visitors are asked to mark their favourite plants among the thousands on show. As I expected, the one I liked best was not among the winners but I did have my eye in because I did take note of and take photos of the three that got the most votes.

So without any more ado, here is the plant that was the visitors’ favourite:

petunia Night Sky

Petunia ‘Night Sky’. Bred in Italy and with a Fleuroselect medal under its belt, it is no wonder that such an interesting flower attracted so much attention. It is propagated by cuttings, not seed, and the colour pattern is variable according to temperatures and weather.

Next, with second prize was the annoyingly named California calla ‘Callafornia Red’.

calla california red

I have to say that I am not bowled over by these things, lovely as they are. If I lived in warmer climes I might like them more – they certainly are showy and this one opens its flowers pink and they deepen as they age.

And third was a plant I was rather taken by: Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink Halo’.

argyanthemum Grandaisy Pink Halo

It was the zone in the eye that attracted me. It reminded me of the annual Chrysanthemum carinatum. All the series looked vigorous and a pleasant departure from some of the recent dwarf kinds that hardly grow at all once planted.

Anyway, now you know what to plant if you want to be right on trend next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments on “The results are in: What the best-dressed gardens will be wearing next summer”

  1. joy
    August 27, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    third appeals to me …. the look of summer . I don’t like the petunia at all .

    • thebikinggardener
      August 27, 2016 at 9:19 am #

      I must admit that sometimes I look at it and think it looks as though it has mildew!

  2. derrickjknight
    August 27, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    I’d rather see your favourite

  3. sueturner31
    August 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Really really do not like the petunia , I don’t particularly like novelty plants but this one tops the lot…. 🙂

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