Plant of the Centenary...what do you think?

So after much hooha at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show about which plant is Plant of the Centenary...the winner is Geranium Rozanne. The public have spoken. The votes cast. The publicity machine is at full throttle. However what do you think?

The competition was structured like this. One plant was chosen by the experts to represent each of the ten decades RHS Chelsea has been in existence. The ten were:

1913 - 1922: Saxifraga ‘Tumbling Waters’
1923 - 1932: Pieris formosa var. forrestii
1933 - 1942: Lupinus Russell hybrids
1943 - 1952: Rhododendron yakushimanum
1953 – 1962: Rosa Iceberg (‘Korbin’)
1963 - 1972: Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’
1973 – 1982: Erysimum ‘Bowles's Mauve’
1983 - 1992: Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’
1993 - 2002: Geranium Rozanne (‘Gerwat’)
2003 - 2012: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’  

Geranium Rozanne narrowly beat the Russell Lupins in a public vote, so what makes Geranium Rozanne so special? The RHS website says "The successful plant got your votes on account of its beautiful, violet-blue flowers growing atop mounds of slightly marbled, deep green foliage. Its lengthy flowering period is June to at least September." 
Furthermore Geranium Rozanne has larger flowers than most hardy geraniums (a pretty impressive 5cm in diameter), grows in any soil, tolerates drought, is resistant to slugs and pests, grows in borders, pots and containers, requires little maintenance and is extremely hardy. Now this does take a lot of beating.

However, there's another finalist which I gave a vote to and it's Erysimum Bowles Mauve. "Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' is a plant that every garden should have. It manages to flower almost all year long apart from in the depths of winter", says the RHS website about this one. 
Furthermore, it's vigorous reaching a height of 75cm, easy to grow in a sunny aspect, attracts butterflies, makes a lovely cut and/or dried flower, hardy, suitable for a container, grows in poor soil and is a cottage garden classic. 

Mmm....what do you think?


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