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The borders at Wisley which are planted with AGM (Award of Garden Merit) plants are coded with QR codes (Quick Response codes) a matrix barcode that you can scan with a smart phone and the information on the plant will pop up.This is a long-term project and so far around 7,000 plants have been coded.Among the top were four new roses – Rosa Heathcliff, R. Often new introductions at Chelsea and winners of the RHS New Plant of the Year feature in this “hot” list.In recent years, the list has highlighted the popularity of new perennials such as heucheras, echinaceas and hemerocallis, including Heuchera 'Garnet’, Heucherella 'Blue Ridge’ and Hemerocallis 'Raspberry Fields Forever’.If this huge task had originally been undertaken by a committee, names would probably never have been resolved or the work published.The Plant Finder also highlights certain trends, such as a list each year of the most stocked new plants. Tranquility – Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate’ and Cirsium rivulare 'Trevor’s Blue Wonder’.
Afterwards they did get letters disputing names, which is not surprising as plant nomenclature is not always straightforward.
If foreign nurseries apply to be listed they can be included too as long as they will supply to the public (strictly wholesale nurseries are excluded).
There are other developments which help you select plants coming on at the RHS.
Gardeners’ Question Time producer Howie Shannon recommended to me the British Geological Survey called my Soil.
This free app is useful if you are thinking of moving house and want to take plants to your new garden, but are not sure of the soil type.