Tens of thousands of plants are available to home gardeners in the UK alone. The RHS Award of Garden Merit exists to help gardeners choose the best all round garden value varieties. This award indicates that the plant is recommended by the RHS.
The RHS state that:
To achieve this impressive accolade plants must meet the following criteria:
- outstanding excellence for ordinary garden decoration or use
- be available
- be of good constitution
- not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
- not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
- not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion in its vegetative or floral characteristics"
Plants of all kinds can be considered for the AGM, including fruit and vegetables. An AGM plant may be cultivated for use or decoration. It can be hardy throughout the British Isles, or suitable only for cultivation under heated glass. It can range in size from Sequoiadendron giganteum to Cornus canadensis. Though growing conditions and plant types may vary, the purpose of the award is always the same: to highlight the best plants available to the home gardener.Awards are usually given after a period of trial at an RHS garden. Plants are judged by one of the RHS plant committees".
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