The Teddington Gardener

Plant of the Year: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Plant of the Year 2012

At long last, a package from Thompson & Morgan containing six plug plants of their perennial foxglove, three each of Illumination Pink (Plant of the Year at Chelsea 2012) and a new addition, Chelsea Gold.

Thompson & Morgan


Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives these exciting new Digitalis their fabulous tropical colouring. Being completely sterile Foxglove ‘Illumination Duo’ won’t set seed, making them incredibly long flowering. Unlike most foxgloves which are generally biennial, these hardy semi-evergreen varieties are true perennials so you can enjoy them year after year. The exotic looking blooms are densely packed on sturdy stems, with many side branches, making a striking addition to summer borders.

Height: 90cm (36″). Spread: 45cm (18″).
Foxglove ‘Illumination Pink’ – Awarded ‘Best New Plant’ at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012.
Foxglove ‘Illumination Chelsea Gold’ – The latest addition to the ‘Illumination’ range, with exotic looking peachy-orange blooms.
Flowering Period:June, July, August, September, October, November
Position:sun or semi shade, dappled shade

Plant of the Year 2011

I planted out three Anemone ‘Wild Swan’, Plant of the Year at Chelsea 2011, a few weeks ago in my most recent project. I hope to go back and take some photographs in a few more weeks, to see how the planting, (mostly herbaceous, anchored with large topiary forms, climbing roses and some shrubbery) is coming along. An RHS image, below.


Anemone ‘Wild Swan’

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