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Chelsea Flower Show plantings (2)


By AndrewR


Here is the second batch of photos from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This is a section of Chris Beardshaw’s garden. His gardens are always heavily planted, sometimes too heavily for my taste.

The Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse was another naturalistic one. While I might not duplicate the plants, I may adopt the mix of colours.

The Living Legcy Garden celebrated the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo. I like the mix of eremurus and lupins, similar flowers but on a different scale.

This was from the Royal Bank of Canada garden, designed by Matthew Wilson, an ex-RHS man.

The Exotic Garden of Kranji featured tropical orchids, but again you could replicate this with hardy plants.

The Viking Ocean Cruises garden was planted to represent the sea. If this is too subdued for you, a third colour could be added – say pink, yellow or scarlet.

Dare I say it, another feminine mixture.

The Pure Land Foundation garden was another where I wanted to look at the planting in more detail. Is this more of a bloke’s combination of colours?

While a leptospermum is not going to be hardy in most parts of the country, a weigela could be used for the same effect.

The Sussex Trug Makers’ garden was featured on the TV coverage. Blue and orange featured heavily again.

If all this colour is too bright, here is a green corner from the Dark Matter garden, planted for foliage effect.

I hope these two blogs from Chelsea have given you some ideas. I saw a couple of displays in the Great Pavilion with bearded iris and verbascum in matching colours put together, and a pale trollius in one of the artisan gardens could find its way to Devonia for next year.

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Its lovely. I agree a couple of the beds are a bit closely planted but its the current trend.
Is that sea bed planted with cow parsley and herb robert???
Please what are the large blue flowers at the front of the first picture - a blue addict's dream!
Not convinced about all that wavy white concrete though - do you know what it was supposed to represent?

27 May, 2015


Thank you for sharing your visit to Chelsea. The visitors are a bit closely spaced for my liking!

27 May, 2015


Stera - the sea bed has anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' which is a form of cow parsley with purple foliage. It doesn't run at the roots but is fairly free with its seedlings if happy (it likes a moist spot in part shade), but cutting the spent flowers off stops this. I even have it in dry soil in full sun so it's quite adaptable. I think there is a geranium of some sort, but it's too big for herb robert.

The big blue flowers are bearded iris, but unfortunately the plant list I picked up doesn't mention which variety.

The blurb for the wavy white concrete:
"The garden offers a new visual way of experiencing space by sing free flowing lines and multiple viewpoints to create a pictorial space where colour, texture and spacial form blend rhythmically. We are presented with a scene of untamed beauty, a small wilderness that ebbs and flows like an ancient poem."

So now you know. It's what a friend of a friend of mine calls artist's cr*p. :-)

27 May, 2015


Hi Andrew, thanks for sharing your Chelsea experience. I watched it on TV all week, I was more interested in the plants rather than garden design, hence I was disappointed. It doesnt float my boat but I enjoyed your blog, thank you

27 May, 2015


Thank you for the explanation Andrew - I think I agree with your friend re the concrete - perhaps a better idea in the head than on the ground! Irises - well now I feel silly - must learn to look properly! They are beauties though.

28 May, 2015


Missed this blog, personally I like my plants up close and personal, not one for seeing soil, in fact you would be hard pressed to find some lol thanks for sharing the photographs...

15 Jun, 2015

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