RHS Chelsea 2016 – The plants of the show

0 Written by Lisa on 28th May 2016 in Inspiration, Plants

Foxgloves in Brewin Dolphin Garden RHS Chelsea 2016

It’s the final day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 and I wanted to round off my week of blog posts with some of the plants that shone out at the show.

There’s always a bit of a theme at Chelsea, partly due to the weather and what’s available at the time, but often it sets the tone of trends to come.  For one of my projects in Monmouth, I have been trying to source foxgloves and there seems to be a shortage at the nurseries I work with.

Foxgloves RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

But having been to Chelsea all has become clear because they were visible everywhere at the show.

Hartley Botanic Garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Geums are no stranger to the show, but this year the paler varieties were more visible.

Apricot geum RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Geums in Winton Mathematics garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

But of course there were some vibrant orange ones too…

Geum in floral Marquee RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Yellow Aquilegia chrysantha was also a popular choice and featured in Cleve West’s garden for M&G which, as you know, was my favourite of the show gardens.

Aquilegia chrysantha RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Planting around pool M&G Garden 2016 Lisa Cox

Planting in M&G Garden Lisa Cox Designs RHS Chelsea 2016

And one of my favourite cottage plants, verbascum also featured a lot.

Brewin Dolphon Garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Rosy Hardy's planting Brewin Dolphin RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

The Chelsea Barracks Garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

But I want to leave you with a couple of images of the crocheted poppies in the grounds of the hospital which aren’t technically plants, but they still warrant a place here. Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight founded the 5000 Poppies Project to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

5000 Poppies Project RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

Poppies at RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

If you visited the show I really hope you took some inspiration away for your own garden, I know I did!


(Images: Lisa Cox)




Choosing plants that fit with their surroundings

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Mar 2016 in Plants

Fallas festival Valencia Lisa Cox Designs

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0 Written by Lisa on 12th Feb 2016 in Design Tips, Plants

Oak tree from the wood floor taken with wide angle lense by Lisa Cox

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4 Written by Lisa on 6th Oct 2015 in Plants

Box topiary and stone bench in Box, Wiltshire

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0 Written by Lisa on 1st Oct 2015 in Design Tips, Plants

Golden narcissus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox

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0 Written by Lisa on 12th Jun 2015 in Design Tips, Plants

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 Lisa Cox A Front Garden for Victoria Park Mazda

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2 Written by Lisa on 9th Feb 2015 in Inspiration, Plants

New Wood Trees Devon Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Yellow day lilies at Loseley Park hemerocallis

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Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Two…The Nurseries

2 Written by Lisa on 30th Oct 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Field grown trees at Boomkwekerij Ebben Nursery Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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