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Winners of the 2021 New Plant Awards announced

Allium Lavender Bubbles ( Fairweathers Nursery)

Allium 'Lavender Bubbles' from Fairweather’s Nursery was crowned Best in Show at the virtual ceremony



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1 July 2021

Allium ‘Lavender Bubbles’ from Fairweather’s Nursery was crowned Best in Show at the 2021 New Plant Awards. It also came out on top in the herbaceous perennials category at the virtual event.

Commenting during a HTA Webinar to mark the event, the judges said: “Allium Lavender Bubbles ticks lots of boxes; fantastic colour, great height, beautiful twist in the leaf, will look full and compact in the pot and has a solid amount of flower power. It has a delightful name that will really help to market it and become a retail success.”

This year, 93 new plants were entered into the awards. The top 10 entries were put forward for the visitor vote, supported by Floramedia, which saw Polemonium ‘Golden Feathers’ from Allensmore Nurseries come out on top.

This year’s judging panel included Laura Jackson, Swarkestone Nursery; Andy Smith, The Klondyke Group; Jane Moore, Garden Media Guild; and Chris Young, RHS Editor at Large. HTA’s horticulture manager Pippa Greenwood and director of operations Martin Simmons oversaw the judging.

New Plant Award 2021 winners include:


  • Dahlia ‘Happy Days Halo’, Allensmore Nurseries Ltd. – Gold / Best in Category
  • Rudbeckai hirta Enchanted Flame, Farplants – Gold
  • Calibrachoa hybrida Cabaret Good Night Kiss (‘Balcabooni’), Ball Colegrave – Gold


  • Spathiphyllum Jet ‘Diamond’, Javado UK – Gold / Best in Category

Herbaceous Perennials

  • Allium Lavender Bubbles, Fairweathers – Gold / Best in Category / Best in Show
  • Sedum Sunsparkler ‘Dream Dazzler’, Newey Ltd – Gold
  • Polemonium ‘Golden Feathers’ , Allensmore Nurseries Ltd. – Gold

Shrubs & Climbers

  • Hydrangea paniculata Little Spooky, Newey Ltd – Gold / Best in Category
  • Acer palmatum ‘Cascade Ruby’ pbr, Javado UK – Gold

Trees & Conifers

  • Cercis canadensis ‘Eternal Flame’, Frank P Matthews Ltd – Gold / Best in Category
  • Prunus Anouck, Darby Nursery Stock Ltd – Gold

Ahead of the event, Pippa Greenwood, HTA Horticulture Manager said: “It has been an ever-changing twelve months, with more than a few difficult times, but it has been great to witness so much increased interest in gardening and the ‘recruitment’ of around 3 million new gardeners. It only seems fitting therefore, that we have had such a great response to the 2021 Virtual New Plant Awards.”

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