Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Plant Of The Year: × Semponium ‘Destiny’

The Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2022 winner has been announced, with × Semponium ‘Destiny’ from Surreal Succulents winning the annual award.

Second place went to Armeria pseudarmeria’Dreamland’ (Dreameria Series) from Stonebarn Landscapes, and third place to Sage Pink Amistad (‘Arggr17-011’) from Middleton Nurseries Ltd.

The Plant of the Year award celebrates the work of breeders and nurseries in developing and growing new plant varieties – and there were 20 beautiful plants all vying for the accolade this year. The shortlisted plants have been on display in the Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea, including Rose ELIZABETH’ Ausmajesty’ by David Austin Roses and Geranium Cantabrian ‘Intense’, by first-time RHS Chelsea exhibitors Moore and Moore Plants.

Cercis canadensis ‘ETERNAL FLAME’ was the winner in 2021, and now × Semponium ‘Destiny’ joins the hall of fame for 2022, with the winning entry selected by a panel of over 100 plant experts.

Take a look at the winners up close and this year’s shortlist…

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WINNER: × Semponium ‘Destiny’

× Semponium ‘Destiny’ is an intergeneric hybrid, the world’s first cross between aeonium and sempervivum. This succulent – ​​with dark, veiny leaves – is drought tolerant, harder than aeonium, and can grow to a full-sized specimen in just three years.

Striking in appearance, colors range from bright green to a very deep purple in strong sunlight. And interestingly, it can hold its dark colors all year round, unlike most other purple aeonium hybrids.

It makes the perfect pot plant for a patio, courtyard, rock garden, greenhouse or conservatory.

• Surreal Succulents

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2nd Place: Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Dreamland’ (Dreameria Series)

Flowering for seven to eight months, its ability to cope with drought, frost and wind makes it a perfect sustainable plant for changing times.

• Stonebarn Landscapes

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3rd Place: Salvia PINK AMISTAD (‘Arggr17-011’)

Developed by Rolando Uria, a world-famous breeder from Argentina, Salvia PINK AMISTAD is a cousin of S. ‘Amistad’, one of the most popular Salvia cultivars, which has sold over four million plants.

• Middleton Nurseries

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Iris FRAN’S GOLD (‘Jf1’)

A beautiful plant for tubs and mixed containers with purple flower petals and white and yellow markings. It makes an excellent cut flower. Siberian irises are known for attracting bees as they have nectar/pollen rich flowers.

• Burncoose Nurseries

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Rosa BRING ME SUNSHINE (‘Ausernie’)

An ideal shrub for a mixed border, but it also works well in a pot. Highly disease resistant, hardy, and will tolerate shade.

• David Austin Roses

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Rosa ELIZABETH (‘Ausmajesty’)

A versatile and shade-tolerant shrub which can be pruned lower to suit a smaller garden or given the freedom to become larger for a specimen shrub. Ideal in a border or pot, this rose is extremely hardy and disease resistant with excellent repeat flowering.

• David Austin Roses

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Salvia × sylvestris ‘A Little Bit’

Low and compact with large showy flower spikes of striking violet-blue. It makes an attractive addition in garden borders and container displays. It’s easy to grow, winter hardy, and an important food source for pollinators.

• Middleton Nurseries

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Alstroemeria ‘June Ferelyth’ (Little Miss Series)

A reliable garden hardy plant with above average disease resistance, making it easy to grow. Very low maintenance and provides good flower coverage compared to older cultivars, with repeat flowering May to September.

• Alstroemeria Select

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Rosa LOYAL COMPANION (‘Beaqueen’)

Beautiful semi-double fragrant blooms providing a kaleidoscope of colors. Flowering all summer long, this compact floribunda is perfect for patios.

• Peter Beales Roses

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Heuchera ‘Alfie’ (Fox Series)

Rich chocolate foliage which is slightly ruffled, with strong upright dark stems bearing white flowers tinged with pink. It’s easy to grow and loved by bees.

• Plantagogue

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Forsythia × intermedia ‘Discovery’ (syn. JOHN MITCHELL)

A fully hardy deciduous shrub with white margined green ovate leaves contrasting against deep red stems. In late February into March, the bare stems are smothered in beautiful, lightly scented pale yellow flowers.

• Sparsholt College

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Geranium pratense ‘Storm Cloud’

Deep, dusky purple, disease-resistant foliage provides a perfect foil for the semi-double blue flowers. It works well in pots or borders.

• Sparsholt College

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Dianthus (Allwoodii Group) ELECTRIC DREAMS (‘Wp22 Elecdr’)

A hardy, compact dianthus bred for its intensity of electric pink single clove scented flowers over a neat grey-green foliage. Ideal for small outdoor spaces in peat-free pots, balconies or garden borders.

• London Fire Brigade

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Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) ‘Purplelicious’

Perfect for smaller gardens and new plant lovers, ‘Purplelicious’ looks and tastes great. It has a higher nutritional value than its green competitors, and is unique in being the only variety to keep its purple color once cooked.

• Stonebarn Landscapes

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Buddleja davidii LITTLE RUBY (‘Botex 006’) (Butterfly Candy Series)

A compact flower for displays in the garden or patio all summer long. Developed to fill a gap in the Buddleja market, it replaces the alternative ‘Royal Red’ which can be unreliable and unsuited to smaller gardens. This is fully hardy and loved by bees and butterflies.

• Stonebarn Landscapes

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× Semponium ‘Diamond’

× Semponium ‘Diamond’ is a multi-headed compact succulent with emerald colored leaves, which become tinged with a deep bright red color during summer. The rosettes are incredibly uniform – after two to three years the central growing point explodes into a mass display of bright yellow flowers that bees and other insects love. It’s easy to grow in a pot or rock garden and takes little care and maintenance.

• Surreal Succulents

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Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Intense’

A non-fading versatile geranium with vivid pink blooms. Fragrant semi-evergreen foliage turns red in autumn as an added bonus. Mass planting makes for excellent ground cover, but it’s also ideal for mixed borders and patio/balcony pots. It’s bee and butterfly friendly too.

• Moore & Moore Plants

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Rhododendron STARSTYLE PINK (‘Azaare01’)

A unique variety with masses of distinctive hot pink, star-shaped flowers on long, narrow pointed leaves in both spring and autumn. A compact and versatile evergreen that will bring a splash of color to pots, borders, or even inside the house thanks to good heat and cold tolerance.

• Hare Spring Cottage Plants

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Weigela ‘Magic Carpet’ (Prism Series)

This compact plant offers first-of-a-kind foliage that opens apricot orange before turning to golden yellow. It is smothered with pink, funnel-shaped flowers on arching stems in May and June, offering early support for pollinators.

• Binny Plants

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