Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ruby Tuesday’ (MAGICAL RUBY TUESDAY) by De Jong Plant BV from Boskoop has won the title of Best New Plant at Plantarium 2015. MAGICAL RUBY TUESDAY is a striking, compact and above all robust plant with sturdy flowers in a distinctive and highly appealing colour, according to the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society jury.
Eight gold medals
As well as the best new plant, seven other plants were also awarded gold medals by the jury. The jury felt that Ceanothus impressus ‘Cool Blue’ by Huisman Boomkwekerij from Boskoop was unique in the range and had a fresh image. The silver variegated leaves appear quite stable and the plant offers outstanding presentation. With regard to Coreopsis ‘KA-POW Golden Yellow’ by Moerheim New Plant/Meilland Nederland from Leimuiderbrug, the jury had the following to say: “Outstandingly well-presented plants; striking large flowers in a fresh, attractive colour”. The jury felt that Geranium pratense ‘Midnightlyona’ (MIDNIGHT GHOST) by Compass Plants BV from Hillegom was innovative as a result of the combination of dark leaves and almost white flowers, sturdy stems and good cultivation performance which allows the plants to be displayed in bloom in August. With regard to Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dancing Snow’ (DOPPIO BIANCO) by Kwekerij Lendert de Vos BV from Reeuwijk, the jury said the following: a highly innovative combination of flower colour and shape. The jury felt that Hydrangea paniculata ‘PIIHPI’ (BABY LACE) by Boomkwekerij Alex Schoemaker/Plantipp BV from Boskoop/IJsselstein consists of attractive, robust and compact plants which are innovative in combination with the flower shape. In the opinion of the jury, Nandina domestica ‘Twilight’ by About Plants Zundert BV/Plantipp BV from Zundert/IJsselstein consists of highly uniform and well-presented plants, with the variegated leaves forming an innovation in the Nandina range. The jury felt that Photinia serratifolia ‘Oploo5’ (PINK CRISPY) by Van Oploo Tuinplanten/Plantipp BV from Bavel/IJsselstein stands out as a result of the attractive combination of leaf colours (young and fully grown) and stem colour.
The jury also awarded 15 silver medals and 11 bronze medals.
106 plants judged
The new plants were judged by an expert judging committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. In the 33rd edition of Plantarium, 127 plants were entered for the new plant awards. In the end, a total of 106 were judged. Unfortunately, various entrants were forced to withdraw their plants before the awards took place due to unforeseen circumstances.
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