Candy-coloured Zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ has won the RHS People’s Choice Awards, with red and pink flowers dominating the 2017 list.
The public were invited to vote for their favourite new variety – newly bred variations of a plant – from 108 trialled at RHS Garden Wisley’s trials site. The Zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ has petals that transition from deep purple to pale pink and white, and proved most popular amongst the voters. The runners up were Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and Ipomoea ‘Party Dress’.
Visitors to the garden also voted for their favourite Calibrachoa and Zinnia, the latter of which was chosen for trial by the RHS after featuring in Fleuroselect’s plant of the year for 2017 and forms part of a European trial of the plant.
The RHS People’s Choice Award winners are:
New Varieties: Zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ (Zany Series)
Zinnias: Zinnia elegans ‘Giant Deep Red’ (Benary’s Giant Series) and Zinnia elegans ‘Molotov Mixed’
Hanging Baskets – Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Double PinkTastic’
Containers – Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Bright Red’
Sabatino Urzo, Trials Manager at the Royal Horticulture Society, commented:
“The People’s Choice Award is a great way of engaging the public with the RHS’ trials programme and points to popular trends and fashions in planting. This year we can see plants with a reddish hue have scored highly with the public versus more subtle yellows and whites that feature lower in the rankings. The Zinnia, of course, has long been a UK favourite but this new candy coloured variety combined with the plant’s promise of continued early autumn flowering, means we could well see more people falling for their bold blooms.”