To mark the HPS Kent Group’s 30th Anniversary in 2018 we asked our members to vote for their personal Top 5 plants. This was not restricted to herbaceous perennials but could encompass the whole range of plants from trees, shrubs, perennials to bulbs and corms. This proved to be a very interesting exercise and quite a challenge. The main remark from our members was how difficult it was to come up with a definitive Top 5 and that it was liable to change daily! The other taxing problem was to think about plants from other seasons of the year and not to focus on the current season when deciding the Top 5.

Once the votes were in a list of the final Top 30 was compiled and we then published the list one at a time on the website with a short description and information. Number 1 was unveiled at our April meeting.

Below you can find a link to the post for each of the Top 30.

Get some Jack Frost sparkle

Recently there has been an explosion in the number of variegated forms available and members are growing them with great success.

Study in scarlet

It looks wonderful in dappled shade when, in early summer, individual shafts of light pick up the rich red and gold.

Elegant white spires

It repays just that little bit of effort on our part with beautiful, elegant white spires.

Flying the flag

If you don’t already know, which I didn’t, the Blue Ensign is a flag used by . . .

A welcome guest

What makes a welcome guest? Someone who’s good company . . .

An upright american

This plant brings us to Number 24 and takes us to the west coast of the US.

Golden lanterns

She needs a bit of coddling but will repay you well.

A tree for all seasons

Gardeners are always looking for small trees and there are many varieties of sorbus that fill that role

A single vision

I imagine that most of our members have at least one rose in their gardens . . .