After a busy few months culminating in a few weeks of hectic activity, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is over for this year.
There were lots of inspiring gardens in all sorts of sizes, here in no particular order, are a few of them with ideas that you may like to use in your garden.
Regular readers will know that sustainablity is close to my heart. This garden, The Wasteland designed by Kate Gould, appealed to me because it was based on the idea of the regeneration of a derelict space.
Based on an abandoned water pumping works, it incorporated the left-over features into a new garden, softening the structure with planting.
Wire-mesh boundary screens were made from mattress springs, this idea worked well, though I felt the bath fashioned into a chair was a little too gimmicky for my personal taste.
Recycled wood was used for the decking, I always like this idea because it introduces so much texture and character.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more gardens could be created from derelict spaces.
The Arthritis Research Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, was based on the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis.
It’s a classic design of a central path with a sculpture as focal point. The planting was so colourful, reflecting the liberation a person feels as they learn to manage their arthritis.
The tall blue flowered plants are the beautiful *biennial Echium pininana, I grew these in my garden for a number of years. They seeded each year so I had a regular supply, until the last two years when they didn’t survive the freezing winters.
The First Touch garden designed by Patrick Collinswas inspired by the Neonatal Unit at St Georges Hospital in London.
I like the structure of the dome shaped Yews reflected in the mounds of the smaller plants.
It was a raised design with mirrors around the base adding depth and reflecting the plants.
I’ve been following the progress of The Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio for the last 10 weeks, but that isn’t the reason it was a favourite.
The innovative use of materials fitted the Fresh Garden category beautifully. Note the copper uprights that filagree at their tips and the juxtaposition of textured materials combined with beautiful planting.
There was a delightful stream running through it.
So there you have it, I do hope that this inspires you in your garden.
* A biennial is a plant that grows one year and flowers the next, so it lasts for two years. You can either gather seed and grow more of them, or just hope that it will self-seed around the garden.
Images: Jill Anderson, Gavin McWilliam.