The Teddington Gardener

Geraneum Rozanne

RHS Plant of the Centenary, announced this week, from a shortlist of one plant per decade. Here it is threading its way through Stipa tenuissima, with Rose Harlow Carr, white Cosmos, Verbena bonariensis, a flash of Geum Mrs Bradshaw and Nepeta Walker’s Low, in my Roehampton project last June. Planted out a month or so before and carrying on long through the wet summer!

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Thousands of people voted for the Plant of the Centenary from a shortlist of 10 – one for each decade the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held – and this beautiful geranium achieved the top spot.

Geranium Rozanne (‘Gewart’) was picked as the top plant launched between 1993 – 2002.

The successful plant got your votes on account of its beautiful, violet-blue flowers growing atop mounds of slightly marbled, deep green foliage. Its lengthy flowering period is June to at least September.

The shortlist

The shortlist was picked by a panel of horticultural experts from plants launched at the Chelsea Flower since 1913; one for each of the past 10 years.

1913 – 1922: Saxifraga ‘Tumbling Waters’
1923 – 1932: Pieris formosa var. forrestii
1933 – 1942: Lupinus Russell hybrids
1943 – 1952: Rhododendron yakushimanum
1953 – 1962: Rosa Iceberg (‘Korbin’)
1963 – 1972: Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’
1973 – 1982: Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
1983 – 1992: Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’
1993 – 2002: Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’)
2003 – 2012: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’

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