In The Country and Town May 2024

Sneak peek at new plants being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show By Hannah Stephenson, PA There’s always a buzz of excitement around new plants at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – and this year is no exception, with a host of new offerings being unveiled.

So take a look at some of the new blooms and see if they could suit your garden style.

1. Rosa ‘With Courage’ (Peter Beales; pre-order at

3. Rose ‘Little Sid’ (Harkness Roses; sold via and World of Roses)

Launching exclusively to support the 200th anniversary of lifesaving charity the RNLI, this modern classic floribunda which has taken six years of field trials to come to market produces an abundance of coppery-orange double flowers set against mid-green glossy foliage. Free-flowering, compact and growing to 90cm (3ft) tall, peachy pink tones add charm to outer petals which display yellow accents at their base, while a sweet apple scent fills the summertime breeze with delightful fragrance. Suitable for growing in pots and for cut flower, it repeat flowers in June/July and September/October.

A new patio rose named after four-year-old Sid Wallace, the autistic son of television presenter Gregg Wallace, aims to increase autism acceptance and raise vital funds to support autistic children and young people across the nation.

Flowerheads burst into life on this short, bushy specimen from spring with light red petals, which deepen to ruby at the centre, against dark, glossy foliage. As a repeat flowering rose, it will bloom continuously through to the first frosts.

Some £5 from every rose sold is being donated to the charity Ambitious about Autism, of which Wallace became an ambassador earlier this year.“Raising an autistic child has many challenges but also great joys, as other families with lived experience will know. Anna (his wife) and I are very proud of our wonderful son Sid and this rose is a celebration of him and all autistic young people,” Wallace says. 4 and 5. Clematis ‘Guernsey Flute’ and Clematis ‘Lindsay’ (available in all good garden centres now and over Chelsea and from Raymond Evison Clematis through Chelsea). Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Guernsey Clematis Nursery in association with Raymond Evison Clematis, comes a gorgeous pair – a white and a blue.‘Guernsey Flute’ has large star-shaped pure white flowers 12-14cm across, with brown/red anthers, formed from May through July and repeat flowering into September. It’s a small clematis, so ideal for a pot with a framework to cling to or in the mid a flower border, where it can extend through host plants.

2. Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Cherry Chocolate’ (Whetman Plants International; available from Hayloft, Thompson & Morgan, Crocus and other retailers) If you love chocolate scent and plenty of deep rich colour, this tuberous half-hardy perennial with eye-catching deep pink flowers could be for you. In trials it delivered a huge number of successive blooms from the end of May to the first frost, and as it grows to 60cm x 45cm, it’s ideal for patio pots and garden borders and is a magnet for pollinating insects.

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