Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Primula vialii

Primula vialii

Iris sibirica Fran's Gold - Shortlisted RHS Chelsea "Plant of the Year 2022" award

Iris Frans Gold
Discovered and introduced by JIm and Fran Clarke of Johnstown Garden Centre, the foliage of this plant emerges in spring a bright Chartreuse yellow colour. The colour is quite stunning and continues until end of June , when it turns a greener colour.
Before then in May, it is topped by beautiful Blue and Yellow flowers with intricate markings in them.
These flowers are very popular with Bees and other Pollinators.
This plant loves full sun and can grow in a wide variety of soil types from ordinary garden conditions to moist, even wet soil and can even be grown in a pond as a marginal plant.
It looks particularly good in Patio pots for spring colour.
Height 100cm, spread 30-40cm

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The Story
The history of the creation of this new plant does not involve plant genetics or plant breeding by specialists in laboratories. It has far more mundane beginnings in Jim & Fran Clarke’s Garden in Co. Kildare in Ireland.
Jim was the Plant Manager at Johnstown Garden Centre by profession before his retirement and therefore had an eye for the unusual. He spotted a single bright yellow shoot on a clump of established Iris sibirica at his home garden 20 years ago.
This yellow shoot was separated and cultivated over many years to check its stability. There has been no reversion. Fran’s Gold was professionally trialled in the Netherlands in 2018/19 and a Plant Breeders Rights Patent was then obtained for the UK, Europe and Japan in March 2020. The plant is named for Jim’s wife Fran.
The plant was shortlisted as a finalist for the Royal Horticultural Society “Plant of the Year” competition in the UK at the Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Over 100 plant judges were involved. It did not win but being shortlisted in the plant world is like being Oscar nominated!
You can see the full shortlist here!
The plant was featured prominently on the RHS Plant of the Year stand and was featured specifically by Carol Klein on BBC TV coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show who described it as "It really is glorious".
It was showcased on the Bord Bia Stage at Bloom 2022 in Dublin and presented to the President of Ireland at the show as a new unique Irish plant.
It is being propagated now in several countries to multiply it ready for sale worldwide and Johnstown Garden Centre will have the first plants exclusively available instore from July 2022


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