Awards to lobelia cultivars with impact
26 January 2012
The RHS has recognised five cultivars of Lobelia as strong, impactful garden plants granting them the Award of Garden Merit, following the 2011 lobelia trail.
Five of the 54 cultivars that were trialled perfomed well enough to receive the AGM. Four out of the five to receive the reward are a variation of blue, a popular shade in flowers, the other a shade of purple.
- Lobelia erinus Techno Heat Trailing Light Blue Improved ‘Lobstrahob’ PBR (Techno Heat Series)
- Lobelia erinus Waterfall Blue ‘Balobwablu’ (Waterfall Series)
- Lobelia erinus Purple Star ‘Wespurstar’ PBR (Star Series)
- Lobelia erinus Waterfall Deep Blue with Eye (Waterfall Series)
- Lobelia erinus Waterfall Light Blue with Eye (Waterfall Series)
The RHS Floral Trials Assessment Panel trialled the cultivars in hanging baskets and terracotta pots filled with non-peat compost. They placed the pots outdoors in May and assessed the plants each fortnight. They were watered every day and fed at regular intervals throughout the growing season with a liquid feed.