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Chelsea Flower Show plantings (1)


By AndrewR


One of my friends was given two complimentary tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show and invited me to go with her. I didn’t need to be asked twice. Rather than take photos of entire gardens, I concentrated on sections of planting to provide ideas and inspiration. I will put these into two blogs as there are a lot of them, and hope they can give you some ideas as well.

M and G Garden – The Retreat. All very feminine (it was done by a woman designer)

Sentabale Garden (the Prince Harry charity). I was a bit disappointed with the planting on this one. It almost looked as if the designer had tried to use too many different plants and too many colours (although my photo doesn’t really show that)

This was the garden designed by the two young brothers. Good mix of plants but impossible to maintain without trampling everything?

This was the Adam Frost garden. A more limited range of plants than many of the other gardens, but still very effective.

This is the Show Garden I really wanted to see as I liked the way it had been done in blocks of colour. For example, one yellow section was doronicums underplanted with euphorbias.

The Time In Between Garden was designed by an Australian and contained the water feature that suddenly emptied. There were also proteas in the planting.

Sean Murray won the recent Chelsea Designer Challenge, shown on TV. He built a front garden that combined planting as well as room for parking, and was deservedly popular. It also contained features such as a bug hotel made from old tin cans.

The Brewin Dolphin had lots of slate surfaces and sculptures and a woodland feel. In five years the slate might be covered in moss and weeds?

Dan Pearson’s Chatworth garden won ‘Best in Show.’ When you saw the attention to detail and planting, you could see why. It looked as if it had been there for years and years.

Finally for this section, two of the smaller gardens. This was one of the conceptual gardens, and featured ‘holes’ of cactus sunk below the level of the water.

While this one reflected the year’s “must have” plants – iris sibirica and orange geums.

To be continued.

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A lovely selection of pictures Andrew! We are throughly spoilt by the television coverage and the media piccies in the newspapers and magazines, but it's always good to have your own pictures to look back on and reflect. What day did you go? I went on Tuesday a rather cool day with Thunder Storms in the afternoon! :D

25 May, 2015


We were there on the Saturday when the forecast was for a warm, dry day. It was pleasantly warm, but there was a long, drizzly shower around the middle of the day which sent everyone into the Great Pavilion. We didn't stay for the sell-off but left mid afternoon, having been there since about 9:30am.

25 May, 2015


I love the first pic in's a very cool calm planting scheme!

25 May, 2015


I like your idea of taking photos of ways of planting as on tv you dont get time to study. I did catch the one with the water empting.
I to would pick the first one

26 May, 2015


I like the first one and Sean Murrays I think

27 May, 2015


I liked the first photograph, my type of planting...also liked the use of wood in the Adam Frost garden...... and the water shots, I would love to create something like that...

15 Jun, 2015

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