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Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces // By Hester Macdonald // May 28, 2018
Provided by // Meier Garden-Centre

The 2018 Chelsea Flower Show closed on the 26th of May, but the ideas seen in the Show Gardens will be providing both designers and home gardeners with plenty of inspiration over the next year.

Hester MacDonald Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden
  • Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC, designed by Chris Beardshaw
  • Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London, 2018. Photo © Royal Horticultural Society

Garden buildings were seen in almost all the big Show Gardens and the Artisan gardens, providing a useful backdrop to the open spaces and showing how a building can open into a garden, making a truly indoor-outdoor space. Sliding screens, seen on the Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC, designed by Chris Beardshaw, showed the blend of indoor and outdoor perfectly. 

The colours this year were lighter and brighter than in previous years, moving away from the deep purples and rusts to towards bronzes, oranges and lots of yellow. The LG Eco-City Garden showed how brighter yellows and whites worked well with contemporary features, and colours, like anthracite and pale woods.

  • The LG Eco-City Garden
  • Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London, 2018. Photo © Royal Horticultural Society

 

The paler tones are easy to add to any garden, in roses, peonies, or the buttercup cousin, the Trollius.

The orange flowered Geum, “Totally Tangerine” showed up in many gardens, both inside and outside the show. I saw it in plantings in Covent Garden, in Chelsea as part of Chelsea in Bloom and in Belgravia, and it’s a hard-wearing and easy-going little plant with bright orange flowers. It looked fantastic blended with euphorbia, with a wallflower and a heuchera, and would be really easy to put together in a pot for a touch of Chelsea 2018 for your terrace right now. 

  • Wallflowers and geums, Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
  • Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London, 2018. Photo by Hester Macdonald

 

 

"Hester Digs Chelsea" is sponsored by Meier in Dürnten - Switzerland's most typical English-style Garden Centre

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