Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori crowned 2014 Chelsea Plant of the Year

Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori, originally bred by Ryoji Irie and exhibited at the show by Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres, has been crowned winner of the 2014 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year contest.

Following a 90 second pitch by Chris Campbell, a representative of Javado UK on behalf of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres, the vivid colours and qualities of the Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori were enough to take first place.
Features include deep rose margins which soften into white centres and unusual double-petalled flowers giving the bloom a lacy appearance. Burgundy foliage adds interest in autumn and it stands as a good cut flower overall. Miss Saori flowers on first year wood and reaches 1m x 1m. Hardiness is to -18 degrees.

Javado UK will distribute the plant to customers, with loyal garden centres first, from 2015.

Published on: 22 May 2014