Video interview - good plants for a changing climate
Devonshire Floral Marquee
Winner of the New Design Award in the Devonshire Floral Marquee is Roualeyn Fuchsias. A merry-go-round is the perfect backdrop to the bold and dramatic flowers of many fuchsias, and gives visitors a clear view of the habits of the wide range on display, including bestseller Fuchsia ‘Linda Hinchcliffe’, a hardy upright cultivar. Show visitors are also able to purchase many of the plants displayed from the stand in front.
Flowering Heuchera, × Heucherella and Tiarella of specialists Plantagogo are planted side by side in a particularly attractive display, their contrasting leaves setting each other off beautifully. These versatile plants can be grown almost anywhere and are loved by bees, so they are a good choice for wildlife-friendly gardens. Look out for the giant leaved Heuchera ‘Mega Caramel’ and the striking palmate leaves of green and maroon bicoloured Tiarella ‘Emerald Ellie’ on this Gold medal-winning stand.
In the Devonshire Floral Marquee's Connoisseur Area, growers and Gold-medal winners, Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery have created an impressive and naturalistic display of the hardy rare shrubs and trees they specialise in. Among these grand examples, nurseryman Robert Vernon picks out Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ as a favourite. This unusual dogwood is particularly interesting, with stunning cream and pink flower bracts in June.
If you are looking for planting ideas for narrow borders, Hopleys’ narrow display is a real source of inspiration, packed full of intriguing perennials, many of which are available to purchase at the show. Look out for the exquisite-smelling and relatively unknown Philadelphus madrensis, raised from seed collected in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains. This graceful, arching plant stays compact when mature, only reaching 4ft (1.2m) and looks fantastic planted alongside perennials.
Don't miss the Gold medal-winning hardy and tender climbers from Tynings Climbers in the Connoisseur Area. A wide range of climbers are showcased alongside a wooden structural frame, a highly fragrant tropical honeysuckle Lonicera hildebrandiana specimen at its centre. If you are looking for a reliable climber, co-owner Jane Lindsay recommends hardy evergreen Trachelospermum asiaticum, for its scent and twining habit, the yellow type being hardier than the white.
Cavendish Floral Marquee
The National Dahlia Collection took a Gold medal for its lively exhibit featuring fiery-coloured dahlia cultivars, emphasised by well-placed topiary. Rooted dahlia cuttings can be ordered for delivery for next spring from the company, which is based in Penzance, Cornwall.
Pheasant Acre Plants won Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquees and a Gold medal for their eye-popping display of gladioli and dahlias.
A Gold medal went to Thorncroft Clematis for their outstanding display. The unusual staging and inventive containers add to the drama of this clematis collection.
K Partington’s urban rock garden provides a bold and contemporary setting for traditional alpine plants. Don’t miss the brightly coloured Lewisia, now in flower.
For a mouth-watering display, see Pennard Plants’ tomato plantsin the Edible nurseries section. Highlighting the visual appeal and versatility of tomato plants, the exhibit uses terracotta and rustic accessories to produce a dramatic stand.
Blue Meconopsis poppies dominate Kevock Garden Plants' sensational display. This Scottish nursery offers alpines, bog and woodland plants as well as bulbs, specialist trees and shrubs.
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Demonstrations and advice
Watch informal demonstrations from growers and special guests on the RHS Potting Benches. Get top tips and expert knowledge straight from those who are most passionate about plants - the growers themselves.
RHS Gardening Advice
The knowledgeable RHS Gardening Advice team are on hand to answer all of your gardening-related queries at the show.
RHS Plant Finders
The RHS Plant Finder volunteers are on hand to help you navigate the marquee so ask them a question if you are looking for a certain plant or nursery. In 2017 the Plant Finders are helping us celebrate 30 years of the publication of the RHS Plant Finder - a recognised authority on cultivated plant nomenclature that provides essential information for gardeners on the correct name of plants and where to find them.