Now that the initial excitement of the Chelsea Flower Show is over for this year, I’ve been looking back through my notes & photos, & I’m reminded just how inspirational & practical the Great Pavilion is. It’s the ideal place for sourcing new varieties of plants & the old stalwarts that are easy to forget about.
The growers are experts on what they sell & more than happy to share their knowledge.
There’s always an attractive display from this nursery. Based in Somerset they sell a huge range of flowering plants, fruit & vegetables & many heritage varieties.
You can order plants online, details at the end of this piece.
specialise in perennial plants & grasses.
Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ isn’t a new variety, but you’ll never get tired of those pretty, filigree leaves. It’s a great foliage plant, & does a good job of setting off other plants.
Geraniums are great garden plants, flowering for weeks on end. I hadn’t come across this one before, although its not new, the combination of pink/lilac flowers above the soft, brown leaves is a winning combination. Apparently it does better in semi-shade away from scorching sunshine.
Crug Farm Plants
is a renowned plant nursery in North Wales. The owners, Bleddyn & Sue Wynn-Jones are plant breeders & go on seed-collecting trips around the world, so this is a nursery of interesting plants.
The Disporum plant was beautifully displayed in the garden by Tom Stuart-Smith in the marquee, & is on my wish-list. It’s available from Crug Farm Plants by mail order.
You can see more of the Tom Stuart-Smith garden in this previous post.