With Olympic medals causing much excitement the timing seems right for celebrating award winning spring bulbs. Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awards are hard to gain and so selecting winners will guarantee a colourful and interesting spring garden. Of course that doesn’t mean other bulbs are not also top quality – they simply may not have been tested.
The RHS trials a wide range of plants and bulbs each year, checking for health, performance and suitability for the UK climate. Once completed each trial is assessed by a forum of RHS experts. These experts decide whether an award is merited and their judgement is then ratified by the Plant Council. So, maybe not as arduous as the Olympics but still pretty tough! Bulbs passing the test are awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), and become award winning spring bulbs. A sure sign of quality.
Currently over 7,500 plants and bulbs are listed as holders of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. To read more about RHS trials and awards please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/trials-awards/award-of-garden-merit
Our 2016 Bulb Catalogue is packed with colourful spring bulbs and plants. All carefully chosen for their quality with many have being tested at our own 9-acre trial grounds. Those that are award winning spring bulbs, i.e.. holders of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. These are listed below. Just click on the name that catches your interest and you will be taken straight to the details on our website.
Miniature Daffodils – Jetfire and Minnow
Large Cup Daffodils – Ice Follies and Carlton
Scented Daffodils – Cheerfulness and Geranium
Unusual Daffodils – Hoop Petticoat and Avalance
British Grown Daffodils – Jack Snipe and Cornish Chuckles
Tall Varieties – Rosemoor Gold
Crocus – Botanical mix
Tulip Red Riding Hood, Pinnocchio, Calgary Flames, Irene, Apricot Beauty and Paul Scherer
Allium Blue Drumstick, Purple Sensation and Fireworks Mix
Iris reticulate Harmony and bucharica
Peonies Duchess De Nemours and Sarah Bernhardt
Hyacinths Jan Bos