Elegant and resilient – the Royal Horticultural Society’s star shrub is growing in popularity
Elegant and resilient – meet the Royal Horticultural Society’s star shrub
We’ve suspected it for a while, but if the RHS Chelsea Flower Show decrees it, it has to be true: the plant of 2018 is the white hydrangea.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s esteemed judges deemed the Runaway Bride ‘Snow White’, an Asian hybrid bred by Japanese plantsman Ushio Sakazaki, the victor for its ‘profusion of lacecap flowers’ and ‘graceful trailing habit’ (cloud-like, it grows horizontally rather than upwards). Keen gardeners will be eager to propagate their own genus, but we’re happy to bring any variety of this sturdy white bloom into our gardens and homes.
The Hydrangea anomala, subsp. petiolaris, which is similar in appearance to Sakazaki’s star shrub, can be found in most garden centres (£14.99 for a pot, Crocus; crocus.co.uk) and will flower next spring. Alternatively, the white Hydrangea macrophylla, known as ‘mophead’ (the type with a single dense bloom on each stem), looks chic enough to replace the ubiquitous peony as the plant of choice for statement vases in stylish homes – it costs a fraction of the price and lasts for longer (£65 for ten stems, Flowerbx; flowerbx.com).