Following our glittering Chelsea success inside the showground, we have learnt that plants we supplied for the rag & bone shop in Sloane Square has won top-prize in the Chelsea in Bloomcompetition. Dilly Murphy’s window display, using exclusively Hortus Loci plants, was considered Best Floral Display by the RHS judges. This was the first time rag & bone had entered this competition which encourages local retailers to show off their creative talents in support of the Show. The theme this year was ‘Decades’ and the rag & bone display focused on 2010 onwards, as Dilly explained: ‘The freshness, authenticity, attention to detail and use of high-quality material, while recyclable shrubs and herbs were included to reflect a casual, natural elegance.’
We’re chuffed to bits to hear that a plant Hortus Loci supplied to this year’s Show was voted the best ever at Chelsea over the past 100 years by members of the public. In their centenary year at the Royal Hospital in London, the RHS undertook the rather ambitious task to find the best plant ever to grace the grounds. They asked a panel of experts to make a shortlist of the best plants from each decade and then let the public have the final say on the ‘Plant of the Centenary’. We agree with their choice, too, since it is a fabulous cranesbill with real staying power – in a sheltered garden it can flower from June to November.
And the finalists were…
Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ (2003 – 2012)
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’) (1993 – 2002)
Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’ (1983 – 1992)
Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ (1973 – 1982)
Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ (1963 – 1972)
Rosa ‘Iceberg’ (1953 – 1962)
Rhododendron yakushimanum (1943 – 1952)
Lupinus ‘Russell Hybrids’ (1933 – 1942)
Pieris formosa var. forrestii (1923 – 1932)
Saxifraga ‘Tumbling Waters’ (1913 – 1922)
WINNER: ‘Plant of the Centenary’ - Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’)
For the second year running, a Show Garden featuring exclusively Hortus Loci plants has been awarded the People’s Choice accolade at the Chelsea Flower Show. This is the only award that is decided by visiting members of the public. We congratulate designer Chris Beardshaw for his inspired and vibrant plant combinations in The Arthritis UK Garden that were a shining beacon of colour throughout the week.
Chelsea Flower Show, it has scaled the horticultural heights for its centenary year, celebrating 100 years at the Royal Hospital in London. This year’s Show is special for Hortus Loci, too, since we have supplied over 70,000 plants for a wide range of gardens and exhibits, including four of the main Show Garden.
Nigel Dunnett’s RBC Blue Water Roof Garden (MA13) that investigates the challenges and opportunities of urban gardening as a vehicle to support wildlife and biodiversity. It contains a central wetland area maintained by captured rainfall, and low-tech living walls surrounding an area that incorporates rooftop essential infrastructure including cooling vents and air conditioning units. A flower-rich planting threads its way through four distinct conservation zones of shady woodland, sun-drenched, wetland and aquatic – each filled with a selection of hand-picked, well-adapted species.
RHS Award: Gold
Chris Beardshaw’s Arthritis Research UK Garden (RHW/1), explores a sufferer’s journey of discovery with his design that passes through three distinct zones of emotion. The shaded ‘veiled’ woodland complete with a contemporary retreat and underplanted with a range of shrubs and herbaceous links, via a stepping stone path, to a formal ‘lucid’ area with reflective pool and white-themed planting, then finally a ‘radiant’ garden containing a vibrant combination of pink, purple, orange and blue flowers (foreground).
RHS Award: Gold
The Brewin Dolphin Garden by Robert Myers (MA21) showcases a calm, reflective garden for relaxation and entertainment, using native plants. In a central sunken area, a verdant textual combination of groundcover and clipped box provides a counterpoint to the pleached field maples and a scattering of multi-stemmed rowans, underplanted with a blend of grasses, shrubs and herbaceous with white, purple and blue flowers. Towards the front the colour theme is dominated by blue pink and white with splashes of yellow with patio and pebble seats.
RHS Award: Gold
In Jinny Blom’s B&Q Sentebale Garden (MA16), in association with HRH Prince Harry, a textural picture has been created using muted tones inspired by the landscape and culture of Africa, to highlight the plight of Lesotho’s forgotten children that suffer from extreme poverty and an HIV/AIDs epidemic. Her design highlights the stark regional contrasts of a moist valley delta alongside a dry mountain slope. The damp plain is planted with six pollarded willows in a sea of lush Ajuga, Anthriscus, Damera peltatais, Rheum, Cyperus and Osmanda. There’s a forget-me-not meadow and a ‘hearts and crowns’ stone terrace set in a mossy lake. The dry mountain slope is planted with a craggy pine and arid grasses from the region.
RHS Award: Silver-Gilt
We are very excited about a fantastic new flowering crab called Malus ‘Peter’s Red’, that’s now available exclusively from Hortus Loci. Selected by German arboriculturist, Peter Fluegge, it’s prolific in flower, has a compact habit, with stunning autumn colour and persistent red fruits that last well into the New Year. Reaching just 10m at maturity, it is an ideal choice for small gardens since it provides year-round interest and offers great garden value. ‘Peter’s Red’ is at its most impressive during May when smothered with huge clusters of eye-catching, cerise-pink, single flowers, but it remains an attractive specimen throughout the summer months. The leaves turn bonfire shades in autumn, followed by a large crop of spherical, bright-red fruit that are a highlight of the winter garden. This lovely new crab apple is also disease resistant. Available as a multistem 2.5-3m tall, or as a heavy standard (8-10cm girth), with prices starting from £395 (ex. VAT) per tree.
As Chelsea week approaches, it’s been another record-breaking year for the Hortus Loci nursery. Having supplied all the plants to four of the main Show Gardens, the quality of our specimens became the talk of the Showground and last-minute orders kept flooding in. To date, we have supplied over 70,000 plants to nine different gardens and even more stands and other exhibits. From impressive 9m-high multi-stemmed Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ trees for the RBC Blue Water Roof Garden (MA13), to swathes of Deschampsia flexuosa ‘Garnet Schist’ in 3-litre pots gracing the B&Q Sentebale Garden (MA16). In fact, almost everywhere you look you’ll see Hortus Loci plants at this year’s Chelsea!
Our very first Wholesale Plant Catalogue is now available. Listing over 5000 different varieties with sections on Perennials, Hardy Ferns, Climbers, Clematis, Roses, Shrubs, Trees, Grasses, Bamboos, Alpines, Conifers and Herbs – most with detailed descriptions and guide prices. If you are interesting in getting your hands of one of these horticultural masterpieces, please contact us.
We now raise over 85-percent of all the plants we supply, so we can guarantee availability and quality. Nearly all of the plants we grow are bought from UK specialist growers as liners, plugs or Jumbo Plugs and then potted-up and grown-on at our Hampshire nursery. To grow the best plants possible, we think it is essential to select exactly the right compost and container to suit each variety. To this end, we have developed a spectrum of different compost formulations, including specialist composts for all our roses and fruit trees. Our pot sizes start at 1-litre for easy-going perennials, with the majority supplied in 3- or 4-litre pots or taller long-toms – depending on their rooting requirements. Specimen plants in larger containers are available on request.
Hortus Loci’s retail outlet, Whitewater Plant Centre, is having its grand opening over the Easter bank-holiday weekend (29th March-1st April) with special events, competitions, talks and entertainment as well as nursery tours by Hortus Loci founders, Robin Wallis and Mark Straver. The Plant Centre aims to be a plant-aholic’s paradise by offering the widest selection of varieties, including many recent introductions, in larger sizes than any other retail outlet. Over the opening weekend, shoppers will not go hungry, with famous hog-roast sandwiches from Hartley Wintney Traditional Butchers and refreshments from Qualitasse of Basingstoke – served from their wonderful vintage Citroen H Van.
Our very own new variety of prostrate rosemary has just arrived on the nursery. Named ‘Whitewater Silver’, to celebrate the opening of our new Whitewater Plant Centre this spring, it forms a dense, low-spreading, evergreen mound of aromatic foliage that’s white-woolly underneath – giving the plant a distinctive silvery sheen. Blue flowers light-up the foliage during the spring and intermittently throughout the summer. Then, in autumn, the shimmering silvery foliage comes to the fore, illuminating the border throughout the winter months. A fantastic year-round winner!
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