The best gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show, are the ones that I find myself returning to a couple of times during the morning, taking more photos & generally just to stand & gaze at them
What makes a great garden for me, is one that
- combines a good lay-out,
- has the right proportion & space between everything
- perfect attention to detail
- has great plants artfully combined
- & the creation of a special atmosphere, this last one is difficult, but seems happen when all the other ingredients are in place.
This garden by Sarah Raven & her team is a brightly coloured jewel of a garden.
Creating a relaxed cottage-style garden isn’t as easy as it looks, it can simply look chaotic if it isn’t done well. A sense of order was brought about by a good layout, the beds, divided by skinny brick paths, each had a different colour combination, but flowers repeated through the garden & a consistent style throughout brought it all together .
I’m a sucker for rusty corrugated iron, so the shed was perfect, & the row of brightly coloured glass bottles gleaming in the sunshine, was a nice touch.
The seating area, though small, made me imagine what it would be like to spend time there. I hung around a bit, but the invitation didn’t happen, to be fair there were a few of us hanging about & we’d have swamped the little garden.
Royal Bank of Canada Garden
A garden inspired by the landscape of forests & freshwater lakes of Canada, is very different to the garden above, with strong, contemporary lines.
I like how the building seems to morph into a different shape as you move round it, & how the black paths extend into the paving.
This particular site isn’t easy with the huge marquee looming over it in the background, but this garden is so captivating that the marquee wasn’t at all distracting.
It was designed by Charlotte Harris & an all female design team.
The World Horse Welfare Garden
It’s hard to believe that the show-ground is created from what is essentially a park in just a few weeks. This garden looks as if it’s been there for years & for that alone I love it.
The crumbling brick-work & natural plants, also known as weeds, evoked a sense of gentle peace.
The garden was designed by Adam Woolcott & Jonathan Smith, for the charity World Horse Welfare that rescues neglected & abandoned horse around the world.
In truth this is really most of the best at the Show, because there is so much good stuff there, & it can’t all be included.
I hope you enjoyed it if you were also lucky enough to go.
all photos: Jill Anderson