Plantarium Winners Revealed

BOSKOOP, Netherlands: Buddleja davidii ‘SMNBDBT’ (ROCKETSTAR INDIGO), submitted by Valkplant BV from Boskoop, has been selected as the Best in Show plant at the 2018 Plantarium show in Boskoop, Netherlands. 

The Plantarium award winners were announced and presented by the judging panel on the morning of Wednesday 22 August. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best in Category awards were allocated from which the Best in Show plant was selected.

Members of the Boskoop Royal Horticultural Society (KVBC) gathered as a specialist jury were unanimous in their decision to award the Best in Show Award to Buddleja davidii ‘SMNBDBT’ (ROCKETSTAR INDIGO). The judges praised the distinctive and innovative combination of plant properties. The cultivar has abundant branches and a dense and low growth. Its dark green leaves contrast strikingly with the purple blooms. The abundant presence of Buddleja davidii blood makes the hybrid plant very hardy and suitable for different uses.

Apart from the best plant award, four other plants were honored with a golden Plantarium medal: Carex morrowii ‘Everglow’ (EVERCOLOR), submitted by Cammeraat Potcultuur BV from Boskoop, Echinacea ‘IFECSSSAL’ (SUNSSEEKERS SALMON) of Gootjes-AllPlant BV from Heerhugowaard, Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA8’ (BELLARAGAZZA LIMETTA) of Valkplant BV, and Hydrangea macrophylla ‘ROCO131801’ (ROCO BLACK KNIGHT) of RoCo Young Plants BV from Reeuwijk. The jury awarded an additional eight silver and eight bronze medals.

Now in its 36th year the Plantarium show hosted a range of 95 novelty plants. Of these, 88 were accepted for the Novelty Showcase. Eventually, 63 plants were judged. According to the jury this is a good number. Unfortunately, a number of participants were forced to withdraw their entries due to unforeseen circumstances.

Following the trade fair, the overall 2018 Plantarium winner will be given a place of honour in the Harry van de Laar show garden in Boskoop.

Plantarium 2018 and GROEN-Direkt’s autumn trade fair take place under one roof from 22 to 24 August 2018 at Denemarkenlaan 11. For more further information, please visit

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