Orchids Worthy of the Award of Garden Merit

Pleione formosana, orchid species flowers, purple yellow and white flowers, Windowsill Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaStenoglottis longifolia, orchid species flowers, small purple and white flowers with fringed lip, grown indoors in San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance', orchid hybrid flowers, chocolate scented orchid, Dancing Lady Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

In the UK, Awards of Garden Merit (AGMs) are given to worthy plants, including orchids, by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS.) AGMs are varieties which are reliable, easy to grow, and commonly sold in the UK. The three photos above represent orchids which currently have AGMs. They are Pleione formosana, Stenoglottis longifolia, and Oncidium Sharry Baby, the chocolate scented orchid.

Unlike other orchid awards, these are not given to individual plants. They are presented to species or hybrids which are found to be tough, dependable bloomers with appropriate care. Dozens of orchids have AGMs, such as Jewel Orchids, Lady Slippers, and Cymbidiums. The RHS list has hardiness info, and which kinds can be used alpine or rock gardens. Outside the UK, these plants may not be available for sale.

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