Thompson & Morgan is thrilled to announce that its entry Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ has today been awarded the prestigious accolade of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year.
Having announced yesterday that no less than five of its seven entries had made the shortlist of 20 plants selected by RHS plant committee members, the mail order horticultural firm dared to hope that one of its entries would take the renowned title at judging today. In fact, T&M’s home-bred entry, SunBelievable™ ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ has taken third place, giving the company two slots in the Plant of the Year top three.
“Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ is completely unique in that it flowers not only from its terminal buds as with traditional hydrangeas, but also from virtually all the lateral stem buds. Flowering from late spring/early summer well into autumn, Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ produces a profusion of lacecap white flowers flushed with pale pink - often 6 along each branch - on graceful, trailing stems.”
Paul Masters, Head of Horticulture at Thompson & Morgan, comments this afternoon from RHS Chelsea Flower Show: “We’re completely over the moon to have taken first and third places in this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year. Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ is a truly spectacular plant - I’ve never seen so many flowers on a hydrangea! To see six blooms on each branch is unheard of. It really is incredible!”
On SunBelievable™ ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, bred by Thompson & Morgan’s in-house breeding team, head plant breeder, Charles Valin, says: “I’m incredibly pleased to hear that SunBelievable™ ’Brown Eyed Girl’ has been awarded a place in the top three Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea. I set out to breed a new hybrid that wouldn’t waste time setting seed and would put all its energy into flowering. In creating this amazing new sunflower, I’ve crossed the very best with the very best to really boost its flower power. It’s a huge honour to have our hard work recognised by such a prestigious body.”
All T&M’s shortlisted plants as well as other shortlisted entries are available from www.thompson-morgan.com/chelsea-2018
Further information can be found in our blog article here.