Our plant trials are a unique resource, as they're free from commercial interest and are aimed at helping home gardeners make the most informed choices possible about the plants they buy. Information from these trials is available in several formats:
Trial Reports are technical documents giving details of what was on trial, who supplied it and and how the plants performed
Trial Bulletins are documents aimed at interpreting the results of the trials for gardeners. They have been discontinued and have been superseded by RHS Grower Guides.
RHS Grower Guides aim to interpret the trial results in a handy, accessible format and include cultivation advice as well as a supplier list.
RHS Grower Guides
First of a new series of RHS Grower Guides, containing details of all AGM Euphorbia, along with a wealth of information on the genus. The guide also serves to highlight the important role of plant trials in the work of the RHS to better inform and give confidence to gardeners about the plants they purchase.
The guide can be viewed online above, or downloaded and viewed offline.
AGM Penstemon – RHS Grower Guide (6.6MB pdf)
AGM Bearded Iris– RHS Grower Guide (expected publication date 2018)
AGM Zantedeschia – RHS Grower Guide (expected publication date 2018)
To access trials reports please go to the RHS Plant Trials Database.
Although they are now being superceded by Grower Guides, bulletins are still available either to download (see list below) or in printed format from the Wisley Plant Centre or by post - please contact the Trials Office by email or phone 01483 212 440 – donations are requested to cover the cost of printing.
Printed bulletins of AGM plant groups
The bulletin gives details of 90 AGM award-winning bearded irises.
Begonia rex Cultorum Group
This bulletin follows the completion of a trial of 87 cultivars at RHS Garden Wisley.
This bulletin gives details of 22 AGM award-winning cannas.
This bulletin gives details on all AGM cultivars and information on their cultivation and origins.
This bulletin follows the trial of chilli peppers at RHS Garden Wisley and East Ruston Old Vicarage.
Clematis alpina and Clematis macropetala
This bulletin follows the trial of Clematis alpina and Clematis macropetala at RHS Garden Wisley.
Delphinium - only available as a download
This bulletin contains details of the 40 AGM Delphinium cultivars after trials at RHS Garden Wisley.
Hardy geraniums - stage 1
This bulletin contains details of six AGM hardy geraniums and the four AGMs that were reconfirmed.
Hardy geraniums - stage 2
This bulletin contains details of 10 AGM hardy geraniums and the three AGMs that were reconfirmed.
Hardy geraniums - stage 3
Stage 3 features plants with specialised cultivation, including geraniums suitable for rock gardens.
The 18 AGM winners are described in full along with details of all plants submitted for trial.
This bulletin follows the completion of a trial of 90 sedums at RHS Garden Wisley.
Hyacinthaceae - little blue bulbs
This bulletin contains details of the small members of the Hyacinthaceae family in the trial.
This bulletin follows the completion of the trial of Hydrangea paniculata at RHS Garden Wisley.
This bulletin covers 60 different Miscanthus with more detail on 16 cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis.
Open centred dahlias
There are 13 different classification groups for dahlias - only those with open centres (single-flowered, collerette, miscellaneous and single orchid) are featured in this publication.
Perennial yellow daisies
This bulletin contains details of 36 perennial yellow daisy cultivars (including Coreopsis, Helenium, Helianthus, Heliopsis and Rudbeckia)
This bulletin follows the trial of 11 Perovskia at RHS Garden Wisley. One aim of this small trial was to sort out the correct identity of individual cultivars.
Pittosporum tenuifolium plant assessment
This plant assessment contains details of the AGM cultivars together with a further 42 cultivars.
This bulletin contains details of the recent long-term trial and full information on the 28 entries.
This bulletin follows the completion of a trial of 48 runner beans at RHS Garden Wisley.
This bulletin contains details of the 10 salad potato cultivars that have been awarded an AGM.
A report on the RHS trial 1996–2001 with details of the trial objectives, awards recommended and descriptions of almost 100 cultivars.
This bulletin contains details of the 15 silver saxifrages that have been awarded an AGM.
Spiraea japonica with coloured leaves
Spiraea japonica cultivars with coloured leaves are useful garden shrubs; see the 18 trialled.
This bulletin provides details of the trial plus the 16 cultivars that received an AGM.