The RHS Chelsea Flower show is over for another year. Consistently a provider of cutting edge ideas and inspiration, we have rounded up our favourite highlights and trends from this year’s show. These ideas can be easily applied to your own garden at home.

 

Going Green

Andy Sturgeon’s M&G garden.

A dominant theme this year, green was everywhere! Echo the look in your own garden by adding different hues of green, some ideas include pachysandra, airy grasses or hostas.

 

Recycle and Reclaim

Chris Beardshaw’s Morgan Stanley garden

The issue of sustainability was another hot theme this year. If you’re looking for a practical take home, look at installing a rain bucket to water your garden, and utilise crop rotation to help keep your soil fertile.

 

Let it Grow

Andrew Duff’s Savills and David Harber garden.

While some gardeners may be set on removing buttercups and clovers, many of the gardens this year featured just that. Look at what thrives in your garden and let it run wild!

 

Copper Clad

A copper water feature in Helen Elks-Smith’s Warner’s Distillery garden.

Although copper has been an interior trend for some time now, it has popped up in several gardens this year. Although copper isn’t a cheap material, there are still ways to add it in to your garden. Look at adding in copper or copper look statues and garden ornaments, bird baths or even metallic planters.

 

Keep your shears in the shed

Kate Gould’s Greenfingers garden.

In a nod towards letting your garden grow wild, many designers rejected tightly clipped and well manicured gardens in favour of softer shapes.

 

Eye-catching combinations

Jody Lidgard’s Montessori Centenary garden was a jolly jumble of candy colours.

Many gardens featured eye-catching combinations. Some of the best combinations were subtle, yet surprising. The Resilience Garden was a picture of colour with a charming medley of blue flowered borage and forget me not, red spired Echium and pink ragged robin. This look is simple to create at home, by planting a mass of different colours and shapes to create your own wild-flower woodland. Even if you’re lacking space at home, you can still pack pots and containers with colour.

 

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