New RHS Plant Finder Launched

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Latest edition of "gardener's bible" contains 75,000 plants

RHS Plant Finder 2013, the 27th edition of the ultimate gardener’s guide to UK cultivated plants, will be available to buy from 11 April 2013. Compiled and published by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s foremost gardening charity, RHS Plant Finder 2013 lists more than 75,000 plants together with details for more than 550 suppliers, making it the most comprehensive directory of plants that are available to buy from UK and Irish nurseries.

The new book includes more than 4,300 new plants added since the last edition and reflects the results of the recent Award of Garden Merit (AGM) review, together with the revision of the associated RHS Hardiness Ratings System. In a short essay, Dr John David, RHS Acting Head of Science, explains the background to the new hardiness ratings system that can be used by gardeners to make informed choices about which plants to buy.

Janet Cubey, Editor-in-Chief of RHS Plant Finder 2013, says: “Compiling RHS Plant Finder each year is a mammoth task. However, the book is such a favourite with gardeners up and down the country and the reaction it gets is always so positive that it’s well worth the effort. The book also holds the key to discovering gardening trends early and always gives readers a bit of insight into what might be appearing in gardens all around them later in the year. Looking for new plants that have a large number of listed suppliers is usually good way of predicting which plants nurseries are really excited about, and is generally a good advance indicator of success.”

The top new entries appearing in RHS Plant Finder 2013 are:

1 Geranium ‘Azure Rush’

=2 Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevor’s Blue Wonder’
Rosa BOSCOBEL (‘Auscousin’)

=4 Choisya x dewitteana ‘Aztec Gold’
Rosa HEATHCLIFF (‘Ausnipper’)
Rosa TRANQUILLITY (‘Ausnoble’)

=7 Clematis CHELSEA (‘Evipo100’)
Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’
Leucanthemum x superbum FREAK! (‘Leuz0001’)
Rosa THE LARK ASCENDING (‘Ausursula’)

RHS Plant Finder 2013 is available to preorder online at and in all good bookshops from 11 April 2013.


Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Stephanie Shepherd in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or email

Photographs are available to download at (register online free of charge).

RHS Plant Finder 2013, by Janet Cubey (editor) and Judith Merrick (compiler), published by the Royal Horticultural Society, April 2012, 960 pages, ISBN 978-1907057403.

This is the 27th edition of RHS Plant Finder.

Copies of the publication can be ordered through RHS Mail Order (; 01483 211320): RRP £15.99, RHS mail-order price £12.99.

About Plant Finder
First published by Chris Philip in 1987 and taken over by the RHS in 1994, RHS Plant Finder is an annual, comprehensive A-Z directory of cultivated plants and where to buy them. Plant names are checked and updated every year by RHS experts according to the latest scientific and taxonomic information available, and gardeners are encouraged never to use an old edition.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 200 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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