Top 10s – star plants

Find the best plants for your garden by choosing Award of Garden Merit winners. See below for our top 10 selections of AGM-winning plants for a range of situations and uses

10 AGM snowdrops

For welcome assurance that the brighter days of spring are on their way, look no further than snowdrops (Galanthus). They are surprisingly varied in height, flower size, shape and even colouring. Given a moist soil they will multiply into drifts and provide plenty of plants to share with fellow gardeners.

These choice cultivars of this classic winter flower have proved their worth in terms of both beauty and ease of cultivation - well deserving their their AGMs, says plantsman Graham Rice.

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See below for more seasonal choices of fail-safe plants for your garden:


10 AGM winter flowering shrubs

There’s something especially valuable about shrubs that flower in winter’s short, dreary days. Seeing these delightful and resilient flowers taking frost, rain and snow in their stride lifts our spirits. Many are fragrant and can be cut for indoor winter posies. Read more

10 award-winning small conifers

Often, the onset of colder weather brings delightful new hues to these hardy, easy plants. But which ones are guaranteed to look good and not get totally out of hand? See our selection of 10 of the best. Read more

10 AGM plants for winter scent

A surprising range of plants not only flower in winter but bring the whole garden alive with their scents, especially on days when the sun peeps through. Add a whole new layer of enjoyment to the winter garden with these fragrant beauties. Read more

10 AGM hollies and ivies

When they are both fully grown, hollies and ivies make impressive winter evergreens - here's a selection of 10 AGM-winning favourites, with a range of leaf forms, colours and delightful berries to brighten up the dull winter months. Read more

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