The Blackberry Garden Plant of the Year Award

I know its only nearing the end of November, but  there is no point in putting this off, its been fairly clear all year which plant or group of plants was going to win the 'plant of year' award so I might as well go ahead an award it.  This is, as I hope you would expect by now, a totally made-up by me pointless award, but a bit of gratitude for a great performer is always a good thing to bestow.


So who has won?  Is it a poppy you might ask?  Well I know I am incredibly predictable but no, not a poppy.  Much as I love them and don't get me wrong, they have performed well this year, but no, not outstandingly, gob-smackingly well.  They have been great, but no more than I would usually expect.
Is it a dahlia?  Again they are a group of flowers I dearly love, but they have been a bit of a curate's egg, good in parts.
What about scabiosa crown, a new addition to the garden that I have been very fond of this year and a plant I will definitely grow next year?  No, it did well and got close, but it was outshone.
Was it Rosa Sir Clough?  This rose is fast becoming my favourite rose, there is something about the colour and the shape of it that I just love.  My one slight criticism is that the scent is a bit weak, if it had the scent of a Gertrude Jekyll or even Rosa Portmeirion, it would probably be perfect.`  The two of these roses that I have flowered well, I am pleased with them, but no, they are not plant of year, they are a 'not quite'.
The winner is..........
Rosa Hyde Hall, the hedge of which creates a divide between the formal garden and the vegetable garden.  It is almost a hedge, it is now not really possible to walk through it which means it is stopping being a row of plants and now being a hedge.
It was one of the first roses to start to flower,

It provided for indoor flowers when other roses were having a rest,
and it is still flowering now.  A truly deserved win.

Which plant has been the best in your garden this year?