RHS Plant of the Year 2024

Celebrating the exciting and diverse new plants launched this year

The award celebrates new plants launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and helps to bring these wonderful introductions to UK gardeners. Information and images of plants submitted by exhibitors were considered by RHS Garden Curators and over 180 experts from RHS Plant Committees and Trials Forums, taking into account the breeding journey, innovative or improved characteristics and likely public appeal. Each committee member then cast one vote and these were collated to decide the winning, second and third placed plants. These and all the shortlisted plants can be seen on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year display in the Great Pavilion.

Winner of the RHS Plant of the Year 2024 | Prunus ‘Starlight’

A flowering cherry with exceptionally attractive and unusual pure white star shaped flowers

Prunus ‘Starlight’®, a new winter and spring ornamental flowering cherry, has exceptionally attractive and unusual star-shaped pure white flowers. Its profuse flowering habit in late March often extends well into April, while there can also be a smattering of flowers over winter.

The flower also has good resistance to frost damage. The tree is a healthy grower, robust with glossy foliage and a graceful habit, and propagates well. Introduced by Frank P Matthews and exhibited by Green JJam Nurseries.

More on why the ‘Starlight’ cherry is so special >

Second place | Cosmos atrosanguineus CHERRY CHOCOLATE (‘Vg001’)

C. CHERRY CHOCOLATE brings a unique colour breakthrough whilst improving hardiness (RHS H4) in a garden favourite. Vibrant cherry-coloured flowers, with a delicious chocolate scent and contrasting yellow pollen, are the largest of any Cosmos atrosanguineus.  Loved by pollinators, blooms non-stop from end May to the first frost. Bred by Valin Genetics, exhibited by Stonebarn & Gardeners Question Time and supplied by Pinnacle Plants International.

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Third place | Agave ‘Praying Hands’

Agave ‘Praying Hands’ brings a different look to the Mangave family, taking on an upright elegant teardrop shape. Its colourful and striking foliage makes for a perfect pot specimen or mixed with other succulents. Hardy to -5C and extremely sun and drought tolerant. Bred by Hans Hansen, Walters Gardens, USA, exhibited by Stonebarn & Gardeners Question Time and supplied by Thompson & Morgan.

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Meet the winners up close

Join us at RHS Chelsea to discover the outstanding new plants selected for first, second and third place in this year’s RHS Plant of the Year competition

See the finalists for 2024

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