Highlights from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd May 2019 in Inspiration

I haven’t been to Chelsea for a couple of years so I was really looking forward to this year.  There’s always something there to provide inspiration and, as we’re finally about to embark on creating our garden (at last!), I was on the lookout for ideas that would get the creative juices flowing.

The two standout gardens for me on Main Avenue were the M&G garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon , and The Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle.  Both designers are seasoned Chelsea exhibitors but I’m sure that doesn’t make the job any easier.

There was a lot of talk before the show about the burnt oak and it definitely made a strong statement.  Black always brings the plants to life and here the texture of the timber was beautiful.  I became a little bit obsessed taking photos of it!

The Resilience Garden was obviously designed to send a strong message about climate change but for me it was the garden that felt most akin to the natural landscape and our garden at home.

I loved all the natural stone and reclaimed materials.  I really want our garden to feel as though it’s always been there.  Sometimes I think as a designer that it’s tempting to make everything perfect, but steps can be as simple as a few rocks bedded into a slope and that would work perfectly at home.

I want our garden to feel quite wild and natural and I think the planting here achieves this effortlessly. The key will be to balance the need for some cultivation near the house with the welsh hills beyond the boundaries.


(Images: Lisa Cox)

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