And here are the results!
1 Lily of the Valley
This is the nation’s winning plant! Over 30,000 people visited our stand, and this is the plant that attracted all the attention.
It has become a hugely popular plant in people’s gardens. It triggers memories of walking in the woods and seeing the sprays of flowers – they are marvellous plants. They have little bell-like flowers that nod in the wind.
They are also a doddle to grow at home! Once in the ground, they spread by rhizome root systems. This means that they will spread easily underneath trees and in shady spots they quickly colonise the ground.
Lily of the valley is also an evocative plant – it was in Kate Middleton’s wedding bouquet.
N.B. Please remember that lily of the valley is a very poisonous plant – take care when growing it if you have small children.
2 Sweet pea
Many people at Chelsea told me that seeing sweet peas triggers memories of their childhood, time spent working in the garden with their grandmother.
Sweet peas are great plants to grow in your garden. They flower continually and they make great cut flowers. And the fragrance is stunning!
Sweet peas also come in a huge array of bright and pastel colours. And I think the petals look like butterfly wings.
This is a very popular plant that evoked strong memories of plants growing in their own gardens. That rich jasmine scent also reminded many people of holidays abroad.
Jasmine is a fairly easy plant to grow at home in a sheltered spot. Look out for the variety jasminum officinale, which has those sweet-scented white flowers.
P.S. Notice what all these happy plants have in common? A strong scent!
What else did we discover?
Our clever facial recognition cameras were able to calculate the age group and gender of visitors. So we have some fascinating insights into the plant preferences for different groups of people.
Men vs women
These are the different results for adult men and women – do you agree with our findings?