• 20 / 21 June 2023
  • NAEC, Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ


Virtual New Plant Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards 2020.

The 2020 judging panel included  Matthew Biggs (gardener, writer and broadcaster); Tamsin Westhorpe (Co-chair of The Garden Media Guild); Lesley Watson (Director of New Hopetoun Gardens & RHS Show Garden Judge); Jonathan Savage (General Manager for Scotsdales Garden Centres) and Ian Hodgson (Editor at Large for Garden News Magazine, garden writer & broadcaster) with the HTA’s Director of Membership, Martin Simmons, and Horticulture Manager, Pippa Greenwood, overseeing.

Winner of the Virtual Visitor Vote, with an astonishing 306 votes (33% of the total) was Anemone FP007 ‘Frilly Knickers’ from Fairweather’s Nursery.

Head Judge, Matthew Biggs, said:

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our call for entries to the New Plant Awards this year, especially when the industry is facing such difficulties. It is testament to the hard work and resilience of our UK growers that they have stepped up to the challenge and presented some wonderful new plants for us all to enjoy. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Frank P Matthews and Fairweather’s Nursery for producing the overall winners, and our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered.”

HTA President, Boyd Douglas-Davis said:

“The Virtual New Plant Awards have been a huge success. We made a relatively late decision to run the Awards as a virtual event and weren’t at all sure what level of interest we would get, but we could not be more thrilled with the response we’ve had. We hope the event provides a much-needed boost for our growers and earns them some well deserved publicity for their plants and businesses.”

The full list of winners can be found below.

Herbaceous Perennials

GOLD and Best in Category
Penstemon ‘Pristine Lila Purple’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd

Anemone FP007 ‘Frilly Knickers’ – Fairweather’s Nursery

Limonium ‘Dazzle Rocks’ - Suttons Consumer Products
Sedum ‘Sunsparkler Wildfire’ - Newey
Geranium ‘Dark Eyes’ - Fairweather’s Nursery
Delphinium ’Paramo Black Velvet’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Mangave Mad about Mangave ‘Pineapple Express’ - Javado Plant
Salvia ‘Mirage Rose Bicolor’ - Ball Colegrave Ltd
Salvia nemorosa ‘Perfect Profusion’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’ - Kernock Park Plants Ltd
Agapanthus ‘Blue Thunder’ - Fairweather’s Nursery
Dahlia ‘Melody Lemon’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Dahlia ‘Melody White’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Dahlia ‘Dahlegria Sunrise’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd


GOLD and Best In Category
Impatiens ‘Wild Romance Blush Pink’ – Newey

Salvia ‘Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes’ – Kernock Park Plants Ltd
Osteospermum ‘Serenity Sunshine Beauty’ – Ball Colegrave Ltd

Nemesia ‘Mareto Burgundy & White’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Dahlia ‘Midnight Sultry Scarlet’ – Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Petunia ‘Sweetunia Sweet Fantastic’ - Newey
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Doublette Love Swept’ - Kernock Park Plants Ltd
Helianthus ‘Sunblast’ - Syngenta Flowers
Evolvulus ‘Blue my Mind’ – Kernock Park Plants Ltd
Dahlia ‘Midnight Georgia Peach’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd
Dahlia ‘Midnight Lively Lavender’ - Allensmore Nurseries Ltd


Mangave ‘Mad about Mangave Lavender Lady’ – Javado Plant

Shrubs & Climbers

GOLD & Best in Category
Raspberry ‘Groovy’ – Darby Nursery Stock Ltd

Potentilla ‘Creamissima Minjau06’ – Darby Nursery Stock Ltd
Buddleja ‘High Five Purple’ - Newey
Philadelphus ‘Fragrant Falls’ – Whetman Plants International
Viburnum odoratissimum ‘Coppertop’ - Newey

Jacaranda ‘Bonsai Blue’ – Suttons Consumer Products Ltd
Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Star of Milano’ - Newey
Clematis ‘Olympia Boulevard’ Evipo099(N) – New Leaf Plants Ltd
Clematis ‘Tsukiko Garland’ Evipo110(N) – New Leaf Plants
Coprosma ‘City Knights’ - Seiont Nurseries Ltd


GOLD and Best in Category
Apple ‘Trinity’ – Frank P Matthews

Malus ‘Scarlet Brandywine’ – Frank P Matthews

Cercis ‘Golden Falls’ – Frank P Matthews

All entries were validated by Joy of Plants. The New Plant Awards and the Virtual Visitor Vote is supported by Floramedia.


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Images of the entries are available from the HTA Media Office on request.