Astilbe ‘Chocolate Cherry’ was selected as the Best Novelty at the international plant fair, Plantarium 2016, August 24-27, in Boskoop, Netherlands. The plant, entered by Compass Plants BV, offers ideal plant structure; attractive, dark-green, full leaves, that start out brown-bronze; unusual and highly expressive flower color; and dark stems, according to the plant jury.
Novelties at Plantarium 2016 were judged by an expert committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. In all, 98 novelty plants were judged, with 12 receiving silver medals and 21 receiving bronze medals. Four plants were awarded gold medals by the jury:
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Curly Sparkle’
The jury said: Highly distinctive and unique in terms of flower shape; nicely cultivated in blue and red; attractive color combination with unopened flowers.
Phlox ‘On & On White’ (Culitivaris CmbH)
The jury said: Innovative in terms of vigor, combined with health, abundant flowering, and an attractive flower color.
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Marvel’ (Florensis BV)
The jury said: Innovative in the Salvia nemorosa range; offers a high level of practical value as a result of the flowers, which are uniquely large for a Salvia nemorosa.
Sedum × orostacys ‘Sunsparkler Blue Elf’ (Garden Solutions)
The jury said: A versatile plant with many different applications. Has an attractive plant shape, leaf color, and contrasting flower color.
Two Varieties Receive Plantarium Press Award
Clematis ‘Taiga’ (Joh. Stolwijk and Zonen Boomkwekerijen BV) won the Plantarium Press Award 2016 in the garden, balcony, and patio plants category. In the concepts category, the prize went to Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Three Sisters’ (De Jong Plant BV and Heinje Pflanzen-Handel GmbH & Co.)
The jury for the press award included 32 journalists from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Three Sisters’
Three colors of flowers combine in a single plant. The size of the plant makes it suitable for small spaces to lend color to the terrace or balcony. It is a good product for the gift segment and would appeal to consumer of all ages.
The unusual, striking flowers in an attractive color form are a genuine enhancement to the clematis range. The flowers are unusual as they develop in three phases from the bud via single flowers to large, double flowers. The long flowering period also makes this clematis very attractive.
Visit http://plantarium.nl/en/novelty/search/ to see all of the award winners and novelties that were judged at Plantarium.