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Graham Rice on Trials

Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

Vote for your favourite

Posted by Graham Rice on 28 Aug 2009 at 04:52 PM

Buddleja trial at the RHS Garden, Wisley. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comOne of the most exciting developments on the Wisley trials in recent years has been the new opportunity for visitors to vote on their favourite plants.

For a number of selected trials, voting papers and a voting box are set up alongside the trial. Just tell us your favourite, add a quick comments to tell us why you like it - and all the votes will be tallied and published, along with the comments, at the end of the season.

Voting on the Buddleja trial is going on now. It'll be interesting to see how this year's vote compares with last year's voting. The Buddleja trial is not on the trials field with the perennials, annuals and veg. It's at the opposite end of the garden, past the restaurant and through the Pinetum. You'll also find the trial of Weigela down there - this trial focuses on the coloured-leaved forms (purple, variegated etc) which have become so popular recently - along with the trial of Indigofera, much under rated shrubs in the pea family, which is looking good now.

Amaranthus with colourful foliage and flowers. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comOn the main trials field, you can vote for Amaranthus and Celosia. The Celosia trial is especially interesting as this is a plant  which is much underused in summer borders - the trial show how good some of them are. And with both flower and foliage appeal, the Amaranthus are also in need of your vote.

Voting on the Dahlia trial is about to start and in October voting will begin on the Cortaderia (pampas grasses).

This is a great opportunity to make your views known, please cast your vote and tell us what you think.


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