Plant Development Services' Agapanthus named Plant of the Year

May 23, 2023
Plant Development Services’ agapanthus named Plant of the Year

Plant Development Services Inc. recently announced that agapanthus ‘Black Jack,’ a Plantipp variety and an upcoming release from the Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections under the name ‘Midnight Hour’, has been named Plant of the Year 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Another upcoming PDSI release in partnership with Plantipp, Pearls of Perfume Philadelphus, was shortlisted at the show. Both varieties reportedly offer superior performance and exceptional blooms, and they advance the strategic vision of the brands.

“As we seek out new varieties to bring to market, we’re unwavering in our pursuit of plants that not only thrive in some of the most demanding climates in our country but those that captivate consumers with their beauty and potential as well,” says Kip McConnell, director of Plant Development Service Inc. “Together with our trusted partners at Plantipp, we’re thrilled to share agapanthus ‘Midnight Hour’ and Pearls of Perfume Philadelphus, two truly unique gems in the landscape for the U.S. consumer.”

Agapanthus ‘Black Jack’, which will be released through Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections in 2024 under the name ‘Midnight Hour’, intends to meet consumer demand for moody, saturated hues with its black buds that open to dark purple blooms. Together with an impressive extended blooming time and numerous flower heads, this agapanthus unites of-the-moment tones with superior performance in the landscape.

The shortlisted Pearls of Perfume Philadelphus offers a display of ethereal white fragrant double blooms. A remarkable selection that flowers on both old and new wood, Pearls of Perfume offers an extended flowering period. Available on the consumer market through the Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections in 2024, Pearls of Perfume’s compact habit and showy double blooms will make a suitable selection for border plants or as a specimen plant.