New trials programme for flowers, fruit and veg
14 February 2012
Half of the 66 plants being trialled for Awards of Garden Merit over the next two years are new to the rolling programme.
The trials cover a wide range of plants, from fruits such as blackberries to broccoli and beans, and flowering plants like Penstemon.
Some of the trials being started in 2012 include basil, cos and gem lettuce, tall bearded Iris and Mexican salvias. New trials joining the programme in 2013 will include coleus (Solenostemon), Astrantia, alpine Dianthus and large, late-flowering Clematis.
'The RHS is focused on helping all gardeners make informed decisions about their plants, and the Plant Trials are an important tool towards this aim,' says Jim Gardiner, RHS Director of Horticulture. 'Our trials programme over the next two years is really exciting and extensive, and includes plants that are increasing in popularity such as hybrid berries.'
New members of the volunteer Trials Assessment Panels include Andrea Brunsendorf, Head Gardener of the Inner Temple Gardens; plantsman and presenter Toby Buckland; Kevin Hobbs of Hiller Nurseries; and garden designer Rachel Prior.