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Chelsea Flower Show 2023: Plant of the Year winner revealed

Chelsea Flower Show 2023: Plant of the Year winner revealed

The Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2023 winner is Agapanthus Black Jack (‘Dwaghyb02’), a deep purple perennial perfect for a bold planting scheme within borders or in a container – its compact size makes it a great choice for smaller gardens.

In second place is Hydrangea serrata ‘Gotemba Nishiki’ (Euphoria Pink) and third place is Weigela Camouflage (‘Tmwg15-01’), the RHS has announced.

Created in 2010 to celebrate the work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved new plants for UK gardeners, the Chelsea Plant of the Year is decided from a shortlist of plants being launched by Great Pavilion exhibitors. Experts from RHS Plant Committees and Trials Forums then decide on the winner, as well as second and third place. Innovation, impact and likely public appeal is considered as part of the judging criteria.

Visitors to Chelsea Flower Show 2023 will be able to see all the plants on display in the Great Pavilion. Find out more about the Plant of the Year below.

(RHS/Sarah Cuttle)
1) Agapanthus BLACK JACK (‘Dwaghyb02’)

With big flower heads with black-purple striped blooms, Agapanthus BLACK JACK, is a vigorous plant and will look striking in borders and containers. These African lilies are hardier than most and produces 10 times more florets per flower head, providing a long flowering period from mid-summer onwards. This undemanding perennial is heat and drought tolerant, and adored by bees and butterflies too.

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2) Hydrangea serrata ‘Gotemba Nishiki’ (EUPHORIA PINK)

Ideal for borders or large containters, this bushy, compact plant – hydrangea serrata ‘Gotemba Nishiki’ – boasts stunning foliage and flowers. The lacecap blooms are two-tone ruby red with pale centres, and in spring it produces tri-colour foliage in white and green with a pink blush.

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3) Weigela CAMOUFLAGE (‘Tmwg15-01’)

Producing clusters of trumpet-like, ruby-red flowers, this is a reliable and rewarding shrub, ideal for mixed borders and containers in sun or partial shade. 'Camouflage' is the first to pair deep red flowers with variegated green/purple foliage.

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Agapanthus BLACK JACK (‘Dwaghyb02’) has been crowned the RHS Plant of the Year 2023 at the Chelsea Flower Show.