Prestigious Accolade for Thompson & Morgan
The Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ has been awarded the prestigious accolade of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year.
T&M’s home-bred entry, SunBelievable™ ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ took third place, giving the company two slots in the Plant of the Year's top three awards.
Bred by Ushio Sakazaki, the Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ is completely unique in that it flowers not only from its terminal buds as with traditional hydrangeas, but also from virtually all the lateral stem buds. Flowering from late spring/early summer well into autumn, Hydrangea hybrid Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ produces a profusion of lacecap white flowers flushed with pale pink - often 6 along each branch - on graceful, trailing stems.
Six Blooms on Each Branch
Paul Masters, Head of Horticulture at Thompson & Morgan, commented “We’re completely over the moon to have taken first and third places in this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year. Runaway Bride® ‘Snow White’ is a truly spectacular plant - I’ve never seen so many flowers on a hydrangea! To see six blooms on each branch is unheard of. It really is incredible!”
On SunBelievable™ ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (above) bred by Thompson & Morgan’s in-house breeding team, Head Plant Breeder, Charles Valin, said :“I’m incredibly pleased to hear that SunBelievable™ ’Brown Eyed Girl’ has been awarded a place in the top three Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea. I set out to breed a new hybrid that wouldn’t waste time setting seed and would put all its energy into flowering."
All T&M’s shortlisted plants as well as other shortlisted entries are available from www.thompson-morgan.com/chelsea-2018
*All pictures credited to Thompson & Morgan.