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’. 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’.
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’.
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.