Netherlands: Summer Jazz Fire wins best new plant award at Plantarium 2014

Campsis 'Takarazuka Fresa' (SUMMER JAZZ FIRE) has been selected as the best new plant at Plantarium 2014. The plant was submitted by Hoogeveen Plants b.v. from Hazerswoude. According to the jury, the SUMMER JAZZ FIRE is a striking, compact plant which already flowers at a height of around 60 cm, which is unique within the Campsis range. The jury also praised the warm, orange-red flower colour and the healthy, dark-green leaves.

Three gold awards

As well as the best new plant, two other plants were also awarded gold medals by the jury. The first was Hydrangea macrophylla 'Deep Purple' by De Jong Plant BV from Boskoop. The jury felt that these were robust plants with highly uniform flowers. The flowers are deep purple with paler centres and are extremely attractive. Nandina domestica 'Lemon-Lime' by Kolster BV from Boskoop received the following verdict from the jury: very uniformly grown and well-presented plants. In the Nandina range with purple and red shoots, this cultivar with its pale-green shoots is an innovative addition to the family.

The jury also awarded 14 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.

99 plants judged

In the 32nd edition of Plantarium, 131 plants were entered for the new plant awards. In the end, a total of 99 were judged. Sadly, several participants were forced to withdraw their entries due to unforeseen circumstances. The new plants were judged by an expert judging committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.

Plantarium 2014 will run from 27 to 30 August 2014 in the Plantarium building at the International Trade Centre Boskoop-Hazerswoude. For further information, please visit the updated website: www.plantarium.nl

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