15ish eye catching plants at Hampton Court 

The show gardens and brilliant displays in the marques do certainly catch your eyes but they wouldn’t any good if the wrong plants were chosen, so let’s have a little look at some of the plants that caught my eye both around the gardens and in the marques. Some a new to me and caught my eye that way, others old friends that it was great to see them being so used around the different gardens. There were so many great plants, it was difficult to keep it to 15 but never less I managed too. I hope you enjoy my 15 as much as I did and I can’t wait for next years show to see what they are offering. 

Allium ‘Forelock’ (left) this was a new one for me, I loved the way some of the tiny flowers form a Mohican hair cut on top of the flowers. It make a large plant up to 5ft tall, with the flowers bending over like a Shepards crook before they open and then straighten up just as they do. Needs a dry sunny spot in the garden ideally.
Sphaeralcea ‘Hopleys Lavender’ (right) not seen this form of this semi hardy member of the mallow family before and I loved the soft pink flowers. The shrub grows up to 90cm tall and 90cm wide and is hardy down to -5c. Does like a nice sunny spot. Looks a great looking shrub
Fagus sylvicatica ‘Rolf Marquardt’ OMG! I have a soft spot for Beeches after building up a small collection in a former job. This beauty took my breathe away and I want it, appently makes a small tree, hoping to find out it’s ok in pots!
Achillea ‘Emily May’ again a new form for me, love the bright red flowers on this member of the daisy family, not seen an achillea as red as this before. It flowers from June-September in a sunny dry spot, does need a little bit of spend bloom removal to keep it flowering
Gladiolus hybrid ‘Flevo Cool’ (left) is one of those plants that just take your breath away either because you love the mix of colours or because you hate it. Personally I love it and can’t wait to order some for next summer to add somewhere to my rather cramped borders (always room for one more!) grows to about 60cm in height and work well as a cut flower plant as well in the garden.
Cosmos sulphurus ‘Pamela’s Pick’ (right)cosmos are one of my favourite garden plants for filling little spaces around the garden, normally seen in pinks, whites, reds, purples etc. Not seen a yellow one until the show, beautiful colour mixed with great looking foliage, certainly one I will be trying from seed soon! Gets to about 90cm in height and flowers all summer long
Potentilla x hopwoodiana (left) this great ground cover plant. This herbaceous form of Potentilla again flowers all summer long with this beautiful soft salmon pink flowers. It’s easy to grow and loves to be in some sun at the front of a border and works very well with pale or white roses. Just remove the older stems that have finished flowering to encourage more
Crocosmia ‘Paul’s best yellow’ crocosmia’s are a plant that I love and hate at the same time, they are beautiful flowers and such striking foliage until it all started falling over. This one however is such a clear bright yellow that I will let it off! Makes a plant about 90cm in height and needs a nice damp sunny spot to get the very best from it, sadly my own garden is too dry for it.
Saxifraga fortunei ‘Crystal Pink’ wow! What a foliage plant! It’s like an artist has got a green leave and then gone to town with white and pink paints all over the leaves and the effect is purely stunning. It’s certainly another plant I have added to my list! It does like a light shady or fully shady spot in dryish soil and will grow better in a pot. Does flower in September October but no way as nice as the foliage!
Pelegonium ‘Pink Aurore’ (right) I do love pellies and I wish I had somewhere to over winter them, I don’t sadly at the moment and I am missing out on great plants like Pink Aurore, this unique type of pelegonium is ideal for use in containers being a good bushy plant that flowers all summer long with these bright pink flowers over a grey scented foliage. Wonderful display from Fibex nursery!
Digitalis parviforia ‘Milk Chocolate’ (left) these longer lived foxgloves are becoming more popular now and it’s easy to see why, they have a quite unique flower flower that’s bourne from July to October and is so loved by bees! They will also live for up to 5 years if you are lucky and again will take a shady dryish spot. Not being to tall at 60cm, they mix brilliantly with other plantings.
Erigeron glaucus ‘Sea Breeze’ (right) another tough tough plant that will take almost everything you throw at it, including really dry sunny spots, in cracks of rocks even in very exposed seaside spots. This low growing plant has evergree leaves that are pretty atractive after they have their June to August flowering system.
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ a plant that was used in so many gardens around the show ground and rightly so, it is a beautiful plant that loves full sun and moist bit of soil to get the best from it. Flowers from June to september but does need a little bit of spent bloom removal to get the best from, it may need a little staking in some years but can also respond well to the Chelsea chop. Can suffer a little from Mildew
Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ I love mulberries! I used live in a gatehouse with 6 planted at the end of the drive, spent many happy years eating the sweet fruit. So pleased they is a smaller one ideal for a container and fruits even longer, from May to September. Wonderful! Was plant of the year at Chelsea this year, can’t wait to get one growing at home!
Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldschleier’ is one of so many grasses seen around the gardens over the week and rightly so, they indeed add so much to a garden both in their looks and also the movement from them. Deschampsia was one of the more popular grasses spread around so many gardens, its light golden brown stems will last until January/February if you are lucky and loves a nice sunny free draining soil and will grow to about a metre in height
Just a beautiful display of Lavenders from Downderry Nursery, too many to choose a favourite so here they are!
This display of ferns from Fibrex was amazing. Ferns have too long been over looked and it would be wonderful to see some more ferneries appearing!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. cavershamjj says:

    Fab, must get along to one of these shows, drag the boss along. I have some of the parviflora grown from seed this year. 20 odd of them scattered about the place. Which reminds me, must plant the last batch out, they are in a precarious state in 9cm pots. Bad gardener!

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s well worth it Hampton is a good one, bit more space than Chelsea, still with beautiful plants though. Beautiful aren’t they 😀don’t worry I have a lot of things in pots still too 😉

  2. Great selection! Love them all. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. John Kingdon says:

    I complained that your “flower of the week” was costing me too much and now you throw 15 at me all together. I may be able to resist some but not that gladiolus. I prefer the shorter, smaller-flowered ones. ‘Flevo Cool’ has been around a little while and most seem to agree it’s a 2-footer and would be ok in the ground here over winter (like you I have over-subscribed winter accommodation). Maybe I’ll visit Hampton Court next year though I have a fairly low opinion generally of RHS shows.

    1. thomashort says:

      I am very sorry John 🙁 sadly the Plant of the week is about to return as well in a couple of weeks 😉 agree it does seem to be able to over winter, looking forward to trying them next year. It’s been the first one for a number of years and I did enjoy it I must admit, hoping to try out a few different ones next year as well. What tends to give you the view on the shows, if you don’t mind me asking?

  4. Beryl says:

    Top picks and great photos to with them – I really enjoyed that, plus now I know the mallow I wanted to buy but forgot to photograph…I am less fond of achillea having had to prep them for Charlie’s garden with their mutitudinous yellowing leaves!

    1. thomashort says:

      It was beautiful wasn’t, quite unusual at the same time, I am trying to see if I have a space to shoe horn it in, well border fork it it more like 😉 lol that was a fun game, I bet the smell got umm rather overpowering after a few too

  5. John Kingdon says:

    I now have a general antipathy to the RHS, having not renewed my membership a few years ago. Simply put, the RHS should lead. It does not. It pursues commercial opportunities at the expense of British horticulture (witness its promotion of imported bouquets by Interflora a few years ago – that made my mind up to stop supporting the aberration). The RHS whimpers about chemicals and so many other things that matter. It is not so much shows which I don’t like but the RHS which takes something and warps it into some weird exemplification of whatever the RHS thinks it should be. It could educate. It does not. It could promote. It does not (except itself). How many people on the RHS committees have a garden that isn’t measured in acres?

    Turn your attention to Hampton Court for a minute. There were the usual corporate gardens. But which garden has got the most praise from real people on social media? Not a corporate. Rather a sort of crowd-funded, Charlie Bloom rocks, I think.

    The RHS is about SHOW. Not about GARDENING.

    May I step off my soap box now?

    1. thomashort says:

      I think that’s fair enough, I feel it’s the downside of becoming so big, seen the other very large charities do the same thing without really thinking how the corporate pound will effect them in a negative way as well, sometimes even worse. Sadly I have tales I can’t put in writing of some terrible events happened to a garden of international importance though the bosses,
      Agree with Hampton Court best gardens I felt where the smaller ones, Charlie’s I hope has set in place a new way of doing things 😀

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