The new cosmos variety ‘Cupcakes White’ has won the People’s Choice Award

The new cosmos variety ‘Cupcakes White’ has won the People’s Choice Award

The new cosmos variety ‘Cupcakes White’ has won the People’s Choice Award following a summer of trials at RHS Garden Wisley.

New Cosmos Variety

More than 1000 members of the public voted for their favourite from more than 85 different varieties, on trial to mark the Year of the Cosmos in 2016.

‘Cupcakes White’ has a unique flower shape with its petals fused together to form a cup. It has an elegant, pure ice white colour, with some flowers blushing pink as they mature. It grows up to 70cm tall, with a spread of up to 50cm.

It was the clear winner over its nearest rivals: ‘Cosmic Red’, a more compact variety at 30cm tall with intense scarlet flowers, and ‘Brightness Red’ in warm, orange-red tones above beautiful feathery foliage.

RHS Trials Development manager Mark Heath said the trial set out to celebrate the sheer variety of Cosmos. ‘Cosmos are among the nation’s favourite summer and autumn flowering plants,’ he said.

RHS People's Choice Awards

Look out for all the winning varieties including ‘Cupcakes White’ as well as lots of other lovely cosmos on the seed racks at our garden centre here in Poynings, and stock up so you too can fill your garden with colour from midsummer to the first frosts.