We're proud to say many of our suppliers exhibit at Chelsea and
we're lucky enough to stock their new plants and take orders for
them after the event.
Hillier Nurseries, whose plants we stock, has always had a
display in the middle of the Great Pavilion, surrounding the Royal
Hospital's obelisk, and to date it has won 67 consecutive gold
This year it is presenting Cercis canadensis 'RubyFalls', which
is new to the UK this year. Bred by Dr Dennis Werner of North
Carolina State University, 'RubyFalls' is the only purple-leaved
weeping Cerciscultivar. This deciduous plant bears bright
purple/pink pea-like flowers in the spring before the emergence of
heart-shaped leaves, which are a dark burgundy red and gradually
becoming greener in appearance through the summer. Elegant,
pedulous habit. Fully hardy down to -26°C and will grow in
well-drained soils of average pH. Height from 1.2 metres, making it
suitable for small gardens and large containers. Launched in the US
in 2010 but not available in Europe until now.
Rosa Carolyn Knight
Another of our suppliers, the world famous David Austin Roses®,
is launching four new roses at the show including: Rosa Carolyn
Knight ('Austurner'). It is a sport of the English Leander hybrid
Summer Song ('Austango'), which had burnt orange blooms. The large,
double, cup-shaped flowers on Carolyn Knight are soft gold in
colour, while the buds are apricot pink. Growth is vigorous,
upright and almost thornless, suitable for the back of the border.
Fragrance is complex and varied, hints of honey, myrrh, almond and
blackcurrant. It was named after a former helper at the nursery
who, recently passed away. Height: 4ft. Spread: 3ft.
Rosa The Lady Gardener
Rosa The Lady Gardener ('Ausbrass'), which is an unusual Old
English Rose hybrid with 4in, rosette-shaped, apricot flowers.
Suitable for general garden use, repeat flowering and good
resistance to disease. Blooms stand up well to rain and have a
fragrance of tea with hints of cedar wood and vanilla. Medium green
foliage. Height: 3-4ft. Spread: 21⁄2ft.
Rosa The Albrighton Rambler
Rosa The Albrighton Rambler ('Ausmobile'), which is a
repeat-flowering rambler with small, cup-shaped flowers coloured
soft pink that pale to blush. The petals are arranged with a little
button eye and blooms are held in large sprays. Very good disease
resistance and flowers stand up well to rain. Graceful rambling
habit. Fragrance is light, typical of an English musk hybrid. Named
after the village of Albrighton where the nursery is located.
Rosa Thomas à Becket
Rosa Thomas à Becket ('Auswinston') resembles an informal shrub
rose in habit but is more natural and shrubby in growth and closer
to a species rose in character. Blooms are medium-sized,
shallow-cupped, informal rosettes that are carmine in colour,
petals reflexing as the flowers age. Strong Old Rose fragrance of
zesty lemon. Good resistance to disease. Named after request from
Canterbury Cathedral. Height: 4ft. Spread: 3ft.