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Plants Take Center Stage at Chelsea

With many of the big gardening names absent this year and budgets for gardens being cut, new and unusual plants were the highlight of the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Here are some show-stoppers, hand-picked by Jane Perrone, blogger and gardening editor at The Guardian.

Hardy's - Scabiosa Africanus 'Jocelyn'

Hardy's - Scabiosa Africanus 'Jocelyn'

This new scabiosa africana ‘Jocelyn’ adds beautiful color to a flower bed and makes a great cut flower, too.

Astrantia Major

Astrantia Major

Typically considered an old cottage plant, astrantia (commonly known as masterwort) is coming back into favor since it is a perfect ground cover and subtly partner to more dramatic blooms.

Tony Smith for Quilted Velvet - Busy Lizzies

Tony Smith for Quilted Velvet - Busy Lizzies

Quilted Velvet tapped Tony Smith to design an avant garde garden where he planted over 12,000 pink “with a touch of purple” busy lizzies (or impatiens), surprising the event’s horticultural elite.

David Austin Roses - Rosa 'Kew Gardens'

David Austin Roses - Rosa 'Kew Gardens'

Marking the 250th anniversary of the famous London gardens, David Austin Roses introduced this new long flowering rose which has no thorns.

Cayeux - Iris 'Coeur D'Or'

Cayeux - Iris 'Coeur D'Or'

Cayeux, the French nursery specializing in the magnificent bearded iris, brought nine new varieties to the Chelsea show, one of which is this beautiful flower with an orange blossom fragrance.

Photos from Hardy’s, Greggys Stuff/Flikr, David Austin and Cayeux

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