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Seven of the best Chelsea winning plants to buy now

I’ve trawled through the Chelsea winning plants over the last decade and here are my picks of the finalists all available to buy online:

2019: Third Place - Agapanthus Fireworks

I already love agapanthas but this variety has particularly striking colouring. It has a deep blue/purple base that opens into white flared flowers forming an architectural sphere. Agapanthus work well both in pots and flower beds and they also make great cut flowers with tall stems that last for up to 2 weeks in an arrangement. The seed heads are beautiful when left to dry and they could form part of a lovely Christmas display, so keep them! Buy here.

2018: First Place - Runaway Bride Hydrangea

Firstly, what a great name! Secondly, this hydrangea is a real beaut! It produces six times more flowers that the average hydrangea and is a vigorous grower. You will enjoy flowers well into the Autumn. What’s not to like? Buy here.

2017: Runner Up - Salvia Crystal Blue

The bees adore this plant, so naturally I’m a fan. It has spiky blue flowers and fragrant foliage. It was discovered as a chance seedling in Michigan and turns out to be a hardy and beautiful perennial. It grows to a height of 45cm and spreads to 60cm. Buy here.

2015: Third Place - Salvia 'Love and Wishes

Another Salvia, and this one has contrasting purple and rich burgundy colouring. It adds a welcome contrast to paler summery hues and is guaranteed to flower from May to October. You can plant in a container or in a border, both work well. Buy here.

2014: First Place - Hydrangea Miss Saori

I’ve included this hydrangea more for novelty factor than anything else. It was was bred in Kyoto by Ryoji Irie and is named after his fiancé, now wife. It’s a double flowering hydrangea with deep pink edging and packs quite the punch. Buy here.

2013: Second Place - Clematis Lemon Dream

I’m a big fan of clematis but some varieties are a bit too bright and fussy for my liking. That’s why I love the look of this Clematis Lemon Dream. Its colouring is subtle and it has interesting double flowers. Apparently it has a delicious grapefruit scent too. Buy here.

2011: First Place - Anemone ‘Wild Swan’*

This dainty anemone will bloom from May to November. It nods in the morning and again in the evening to reveal a blue hood, but during the day is has a bright white face. Buy here.

*my personal favourite

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