One of the many things a gardener can look forward to – that doesn’t include getting your hands muddy – is an RHS show! Held by the Royal Horticultural Society, the UK’s leading gardening charity. Through their hard work, the RHS aim to inspire budding gardeners, demonstrate the importance of gardening. But most importantly, the vital role that plants play. Due to world events, RHS shows have had to adapt, deciding to host a virtual Chelsea show in May. But now restrictions have fully lifted and plans can go ahead. Here is a list of the upcoming RHS shows this season.
RHS Tatton Park
Held at a historic estate, RHS Tatton Park is set to be day full of joy! Due to the rise in new gardeners, Tatton Park are aiming to keep that momentum rising by dedicating shows to newcomers in the community, sharing new inspiration and advice to anyone who needs it. If you’re looking for a way to make the most out of this heatwave, Tatton Park is a great way to spend your day and learn more about your garden.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show
This show is back and better than ever! After being cancelled last year, RHS Hyde Hall looks like isn’t going to compromise on anything! With specialist trade stands, skilful demonstrations, expert tips and mouth-watering food, it is truly shaping up to be a spectacle. With flower displays packed with inspiration under the summer sun, this one is not to be missed.
RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show
This show looks like it is going to be a real treat! For all the garden lovers out there, this one is for you. Featuring quality plants from 16 specialist nurseries, offering choice flowers, grasses, houseplants and much more, RHS Garden Rosemoor is the place to be. There will even be opportunities to speak to growers and specialists and learn how to get the garden of your dreams.
RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
Another show that was unfortunately cancelled last year, RHS Garden Wisley at the flagship store brings the season to a close. Held at the end of summer, it is the last time to take note of any planting tips and tricks that you may need. With expert gardening advice, floral displays and shopping opportunities, end summer with as much knowledge as possible.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The world’s greatest flower show is back and better than ever! Being held in September for the very first time, RHS Chelsea has a lot to live up to. Arguably, the main event of all the RHS shows, Chelsea is shaping up to be a great event. If you’re looking for the next cutting-edge garden design, garden trend or floral display, Chelsea is not to be missed.
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Verbena Bonariensis were dotted around almost every show garden on display this year. Whether as a background plant for a wild border or used as a centerpiece plant with their long stems, these beautiful purple flowers were definitely in the spotlight this year. A fantastic summer border plant with good pest resistance.
One of our favourite summer flowering perennials were heavily featured this year, the Echinacea. Also known as Coneflowers, they will flower from summer through late autumn, often still in flower as late as October. They make a bright and bold addition to the modern garden, look larger than life at the back of the border, and are a great way to attract butterflies and bees to the UK garden.
The beautiful giant blooms of Alliums took a center stage this year. Large varieties were spread all around the show, whilst smaller flowering varieties such as Allium Drumsticksand the half-spherical blooms of Allium Miami were featured in this year’s show gardens. An easy to grow and versatile range of plants that can work in any garden.
1. Pollinator Pals (Alliums,Achillea, Agapanthus)
Alliums, Achillea and Agapanthus were strongly featured in the show gardens at this year’s show. The show had a strong theme of pollinator-friendly planting and when it comes to looking after wildlife in the garden, these varieties are well-loved by bees and other pollinators.
Agapanthus are great showy plants with exotic looking flowers, Alliums are easy to grow, stylish plants with tall stems and large pom pom heads of flowers and Achillea are a stunning flowering herbaceous perennial with each flower head containing of hundreds of long lasting, tiny flowers. So, it’s easy to see how these beautiful summer contenders have been a popular choice this year.
Another big trend seen around the show gardens is creating layers of a variety of border plants. Ass seen with the brightly colours florals in the ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite Garden’, the subtle contrasting tones in ‘The Perfumer’s Garden’ and the wild themed grassy border in the ‘Baroque Garden’.
Creating a layered garden soothes the eye while enhancing other aspects of the garden. Planting a garden in layers considers both vertical and horizontal eye appeal but also the aspect in which we view the area and seasonal interest. Planting a garden in layers will ensure that the highest plants are at the farthest eye point of the garden with medium sized in the middle and the lowest growing at the front.
Repeated patterns, colours, forms and textures throughout a border can create unique patterns in the landscape.
3. Harmonising Hostas
A key trend that was prominent in almost every show garden at this year event was Hostas.
Originating from China and Japan, Hostas are one of the best perennials for shade in the garden, grown in either pots, containers or borders. Renowned for the amazing foliage they produce and have become a common addition for the modern garden designer. Hosta plants are a great perennial plant which is often chosen for their attractive shaped leaves and summer flowers.
Hostas are ideal to add texture and colour to a garden planting scheme. They can be used to complement other plants by adding a contrasting look and style that enhances the overall interest and aesthetic of the scheme. There is a huge choice of varieties available to buy, covering all shapes, colours, and sizes for all tastes.
Ornamental grasses made their presence known in many show gardens this year. A range of herbaceous perennials and grasses were featured in ‘The Mindful Garden’, such as Festuca. The silvery needles of Festuca glauca were featured in the monochrome palette of the ‘Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Garden’, and long and varied grasses were displayed in the ‘Trail of Thoughts Garden’ to represent the fading of memory with colourful flowers giving way to a grassier and more muted landscape.
Grasses have long since proved their value in the landscape, moving from what was once considered a craze to one that is a solid cultural shift. As gardens have shifted toward lower maintenance and nature friendly, ornamental grasses have fit every bill that today’s gardener demands — while providing the contrast, texture and form that designers crave.
Who can forget the ever-changing blooms of hydrangeas. The use of beautiful fragrant shrubs were used for structure in a variety of the show gardens this year. The once overlooked hydrangeas of the past are now the trend setting plants of today.
With immense flower heads, Hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Unrivaled in the shrub world for beautiful flowers, they are easy to cultivate, tolerate almost any soil, and produce abundant blooms. Hydrangeas are excellent for a range of garden sites from group plantings to shrub borders to containers.