Chelsea Flower Show's 'Plant of the Decade' and where to get it

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Photo credit: Getty Images

The Chelsea Flower Show named its Plant of the Decade, in celebration of 10 years of its Plant of the Year competition, in 2020.

Each year, the show gives out a number of awards, including for the Plant of the Year competition, the best garden products and, of course, prizes to the overall Chelsea Garden Show winners.

Last year, as a special event to celebrate a decade of prizes, Chelsea decided to have the ten past Plant of the Year winners battle it out for the new prestigious title, through a people's choice vote, and one came out on top. For the in-person event this September, there is a new RHS Floristry and Floral Design competition to get excited about, too.

Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Decade

That Plant of the Decade winner was 2015's Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise ('Jww5').


While the shrub with pretty white flowers has been been voted the nation's favourite, it was 2010 plant Streptocarpus 'Harlequin Blue' with its blue and yellow petals, which was named the RHS President's Winner.

In 2019, Sedum takesimense 'Atlantis' took the Plant of the Year top spot.

According to Chelsea organisers the sedum topped the list because it’s: "An attractive, easy to grow, versatile and multi-functional plant."

Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle
Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle

BUY NOW Sedum 'Atlantis', from £7.99, Crocus

The sedum ticks many boxes for gardeners as it’s drought resistant and its flowers are attractive to insect pollinators.

It was discovered on the banks of Lake Michigan by Dave Mackenzie, who specialises in plants for ground cover, green roofs and walls.

Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle
Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle

Growing to 30cm high, its yellow flowers bloom from June to September.

In second place for the 2019 show was a very different plant from the winner, Digitalis x valinii 'Firebird'.

The plant has a 90cm spike of vibrant red, pink and apricot flowers and blooms from May to October.

Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle
Photo credit: Sarah Cuttle

BUY NOW Digitalis x valinii 'Firebird', £7.50, Hardy's

In third place was Agapanthus 'Fireworks', with two tone flowers sporting a blue base and white tips and is suited to containers and borders. It flowers from July to September.

Photo credit: Richard Loader
Photo credit: Richard Loader

BUY NOW Agapanthus 'Fireworks', £9.99, Thompson & Morgan

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