People's Choice Awards Winners

The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) People’s Choice Awards Winners have been revealed, with the ‘candy coloured’ zinnia named the new variety winner. The competition involved more than 100 other plants in the best new variety section for 2017.

‘Zany Rose Picotee’ won the RHS People’s Choice Award with its intriguing design, having petals that change from deep purple to pale pink and white. Red and pink floral displays dominated this year’s list. The public were invited to vote for their favourite new variety – newly bred variations of a plant – from 108 trialled at RHS Garden Wisley’s five-acre site this year. The runners up were celosia argentea var cristata ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and ipomoea ‘Party Dress’.

The RHS People’s Choice Award winners were:

  • New varieties: zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ (Zany Series)
  • Zinnias: zinnia elegans ‘Giant Deep Red’ (Benary’s Giant Series) and zinnia elegans ‘Molotov Mixed’
  • Calibrachoa:
    • Hanging Baskets: calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Double PinkTastic’
    • Containers: calibrachoa ‘Cabaret bright red’

The People’s Choice Awards winners point to popular trends and fashions in planting. This year it was all about plants with a reddish hue. If you want to keep on top of the latest gardening trends then have a read of our blog post predicting the next big European gardening trends.

Sabatino Urzo, trials manager at the Royal Horticulture Society, commented: “Nurseries work tirelessly to cultivate new varieties that the public will enjoy each year and RHS Garden Wisley is the only place in the UK that the public can see such a wealth of new plants tried and tested in one space.”

To find out about next year’s People’s Choice Awards you can sign up to become a member of the RHS, and for a full list of upcoming events visit the RHS website. What did you think of the winners, would you have chosen the ‘zany rose picotee’? Let us know in the comments section.

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