Blackjack Agapanthus

For immediate release:

(Loxley, AL – May 2023) Plant Development Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Agapanthus Blackjack™, a Concept Plants variety and an upcoming release from the Southern Living® and Sunset® Plant Collections, has been named Plant of the Year 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Another upcoming Plant Development Services release in partnership with Concept Plants, Philadelphus Pearls of Perfume™, was shortlisted at the show. Both varieties 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 Services, Inc. “Together with our trusted partners at Concept Plants, we’re thrilled to share Agapanthus Blackjack and Philadelphus Pearls of Perfume, two truly unique gems in the landscape for the US consumer.”

Agapanthus Blackjack, bred by Andy de Wet and Quinton Bean, will be released through Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections. The variety speaks to skyrocketing 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.

Representing an exciting innovation in shrubs, the shortlisted Philadelphus Pearls of Perfume bred by Rick Grazzini at Garden Genetics offers a captivating 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 that represents a true breakthrough. 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 an ideal selection for border plants or as a specimen plant.

For additional information, please contact Corrina Murray at [email protected]​.

About Plant Development Services Inc. Plant Development Services Inc. was founded in 1996 by Greg Smith of the third-generation, family-owned Flowerwood Nursery, Inc. Plant Development Services owns and/or licenses more than 300 patented plant properties and boasts these top-ranking plant brands: Encore® Azalea, the Southern Living® Plant Collection, the Sunset Plant Collection®, Better Boxwood®, and Butterfly Candy®. To learn more about Plant Development Services Inc., visit

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