An Eye for Award Winning Plants

As I’ve said previously, one of the most satisfying aspects of hunting for and introducing new plants is getting affirmation that you’ve introduced a good plant. When growers and gardeners respond positively then I know my eye for a good plant is still working and on the right track. On that front, this last week has been a good one.

Just today I received a report from the Royal Horticulture Society at Wisley (England). They’ve been conducting an all European Buddleia trial that includes all cultivars available in the trade. That’s 107 different Buddleia cultivars in all, so the competition is very intense. In public voting this year, between July 31st to August 20th, , the top vote getters, by a decisive margin, were Buddleia x ‘Miss Ruby’ and Lo & Behold™ ‘Blue Chip’ respectively. The trial coordinator commented that the votes for Lo & Behold™ ‘Blue Chip’ would most likely have been even higher had the voting continued longer. That is because Lo & Behold™ ‘Blue Chip’ continued to flower well beyond all other cultivars. This is great news and is a good indication that each plant is in the running for the prestigious RHS award of Garden Merit. Dr. Denny Werner should be pleased that his plants took the top two spots. I expect that his breeding will garner ever more accolades in the future, as his Buddleia breeding is the best in the world.

I also got word that one of our new Oso Easy™ Roses won an award. The Rose Hills International Rose Trial awarded a Gold Medal to Oso Easy™ ‘Paprika’ as the Best New Ground Cover rose for 2008. Congratulations to Chris Warner and his outstanding breeding of disease resistant roses. Awards are nothing new to Chris. He has won over 100 international awards including two President’s Trophies and three Gold Stars.


  1. Hey Tim, what measurement is used by "the industry" for ground covers? Oso Easy 'Paprika' looks like a miniature rose in the photo, not a ground cover.

  2. Congratulations on the thumbs up from Wisley. Buddleia was my first official "butterfly plant"- I now have months of fluttering in the garden. Will have to check out these varieties.

  3. I'm note sure why they classified it as a ground cover in that it is more of a mounded plant. It is however, short compared to a hybrid tea or grandiflora. I would have classified it as a shrub or landscape rose.

  4. I suppose they just meant that it covers some ground. ;~)

  5. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Hey Tim,

    Denny's 'Blue Chip'is in my garden. I'm doing my part to promote both these dwarf cultivars; I'm a huge fan of both and look forward to seeing more.
    Helen Yoest

  6. Wow great blog. I can't wait to see more of these plants available. I especially like the Blue Chip Buddleia.


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