Hester Digs Flowers at Chelsea
Many visitors come to the Chelsea Flower Show to see the plants, and there are always lots of new plants and unusual plants to enjoy in the show gardens and inside the Aladdin’s Cave that is the Floral Pavilion.
Outside on the show gardens, I was really taken with a plant new to me, called Orlaya grandiflora. It was being shown as part of a shade planting, and looked wonderful, but is actually better suited to hot, dry, well-drained conditions. It’s a biennial, so buy from seed and plant them now, or grab any plants if you see them.
The Breast Cancer Now Garden, which included some superbly blended planting, also included one of my favourite peonies, “Coral Charm.” The buds open salmon pink, change to orange and finally to a soft butter yellow. The stems are strong and don’t need staking, and the foliage is a rich green colour. In the show garden it was planted with a Euphorbia, irises and Gladiolus byzantinus.
The Hosta specialist, Bowdens, always have something for my wish list, and this year I have added Hosta “Ben Vernooij”, a 2015 introduction with blue leaves and yellow-orange margins, and the slug-resistant little beauty that is Hosta “Ripple Effect” which has yellow leaves with blue-green margins.