Trends from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2021)

Chelsea Flower Show is finally here! Postponed to autumn for the very first time, this years Chelsea made the most of the time of year, using autumnal colours and tones that aren’t typically seen. But the main part of Chelsea, one of the biggest reasons people from all over the country flock towards the most celebrated flower show… The trends. Chelsea Flower Show is great for many reasons – the talks, the food, and of course the displays. Every year gardeners from all around present their gardens and therefor set the newest trends in the gardening industry. Let’s take a look at trends from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021.

Meadows

As we saw from RHS Tatton Park earlier this year, rewilding and sustainability has become an ongoing theme within the display gardens. The gold-winning ‘Yeo Valley Organic Garden’ embraced nature and the ‘imperfection’ that came along with it. Garden designer Tom Massey and supported by Sarah Mead, allowed plants to grow as they would naturally occur. The garden also promoted support for biodiversity, using plants that were organically grown and chemical-free. Sarah shared some great tips for those at home who wish to adapt their garden and become more environmentally conscious. By packing flowers tightly together it minimalises the amount of sunlight getting to weeds, eliminating the need for weed killer.

Ponds

You might not think that there is much in common between meadows and ponds, but they both share the same biological problem. Much like wildland, we have also lost almost 80% of wetlands. Water brings so much to a garden, but aside from purely aesthetic reasons it also brings in wildlife. It is a place for birds to bathe, insects to hover and creates to take a drink. There are aquatic plants that can add a whole new look to the garden. From waterlilies, water lettuce and blue iris, many of which can be used as natural water purifiers. Water is a vital part of not just human life, but nature and life itself.

Artisan features

Alan Williams highlighted the trend of art becoming a part of the garden. As the award-winning designer of ‘The Parsley Box Garden’ and Creative Director of Form Plants he used sculptures tucked amongst the planting. Artisan features were used amongst many gardens, and these pieces were not your traditional stone sculptures. They included metal formations, a water feature and extraordinary wooden structures. The best part of these art pieces was the emphasis on local craftsmanship and materials used. The award-winning M&G Garden features repurposed metal pipes, something easily accessible and readily available.

Creative containers

RHS Chelsea has had many firsts! From it being held in September for the first ever time, to being the first year to introduce a dedicated container gardening category. This year certainly made up for its absence last year. From this new category, people were able to show what can be done in a small garden space. Not everyone has vast amounts of land or allotments, so a focus on smaller gardening practises is a great start.

Indoor gardens

Following the theme of smaller gardens and dynamic spaces, this was the very first Chelsea Flower Show to highlight houseplants with the brand new indoor gardens category! After postponing the show last year due to world events which saw us all spending more time inside it only seemed necessary. Gardening has seen a massive boost in the last year alone with more and more people seeing the positive benefits it has on mental wellbeing. There were so many designs that were able to utilise the space given and the movability that houseplants have.

Whether you were able to go to the Chelsea Flower Show this year or catch it on television, it’s clear that the trends set this year are here to stay. With a more conscious effort from the RHS to ‘get political’ by focussing on environmental issues and adapt to the new types of gardens, it is proven that this can be done with style.

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What To Expect at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea flower show is finally upon us. Having been cancelled last year, the famous festival returns this month, and is bigger and better than ever! From gorgeous displays to professional advice, here’s what you can get up to at the UK’s most anticipated flower show.

What to see at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Whether you’re itching to see the many carefully designed floral displays, or simply want to soak up the atmosphere, there’s plenty to do at this years RHS Chelsea flower show. If you’re there simply for the flowers, and the flowers alone, then you’re in for a treat. This year’s designers have gone all out, and with the show being cancelled the year previous, we just know that the displays will be next level.

This year’s show falls in September, meaning that it coincides with the Chelsea History Festival. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love hearing about stories from war veterans and taking tours of buildings with a rich background.

The house plant studios reflect the ever-growing popularity of house plants. Have a browse of the stylishly posed leafy greens and learn how to utilise their natural appearance in your home.

There’s plenty more to see at the RHS Chelsea flower show, from the Italian Piazza to the discovery zone. And as always, enjoy the hustle and bustle that we’ve all missed over the last year and a half. With free food, drink, and endless shopping opportunities, you’re bound to have a wonderful time!

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Upcoming RHS shows this season

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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What to See at RHS Garden Bridgewater

The Royal Horticultural Society
RHS Garden Bridgewater

The wait is almost over. The world’s leading garden charity, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), will soon be opening their 154-acre garden in Salford, Greater Manchester. The RHS Garden Bridgewater is one of the biggest horticultural projects in Europe. Landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith created the overall plan for the garden, with the mission of blending history and horticulture.

The RHS is investing £35m in the creation of the garden. They forecast that the garden will generate around £13.2m per year to the local economy by 2030.

What is there to see at RHS Bridgewater?

Weston Walled Garden – RHS Garden Bridgewater

One of the biggest attractions will be the grand 11-acre Weston Walled Garden. One of the largest publicly-accessible working walled garden in the UK. This garden consists of an inner walled garden surrounded by a series of connecting gardens. 

Each section will feature designs by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners, alongside several dedicated community spaces, intended to provide gardening inspiration and education. Additionally, there will be a Welcome Building, which will feature an events space, learning space, offices, café and shop.

The Kitchen Garden – RHS Garden Bridgewater

The nearby Kitchen Garden focuses on the local history of food growing. Designed by award-winning Harris Bugg Studio, this garden features a display of productive growing techniques and a selection of edibles.

An orchard garden has been added to boost biodiversity. The new orchard, designed by Curator Marcus Chilton-Jones, will replace a lost and extremely valuable habitat. The orchard incorporates a diverse array of fruit trees to support wildlife habitats and species

In addition, there are several community gardens. From the Community Wellbeing Garden, Community Grow area to the Peel Learning Garden. Another noteworthy area is the first dedicated RHS Trials ground outside the RHS’s Wisley, which will enable garden plants to be assessed for their performance in a northern climate.

When does it open?

RHS Garden Bridgewater will open its gates on Tuesday 18 May 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic delayed opening plans by almost a year.

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RHS Award-Winning Blue Spring Bulbs

Blue can be a difficult colour to find naturally in a flower and is traditionally seen as an emblem of peace and calm. From baby soft blues to dark navy blooms, our selection of award-winning spring-flowering bulbs will surely bring some serenity to your garden.

Each of these bulbs have received an award of Garden Merit by the RHS for their quality, reliability and outstanding performance, so you can guarantee that these spring blooms are the best choices for your spring displays.

Here are our 7 beautiful award-winning blues…

1. Scilla siberica

One of the earliest blooms of spring. Boasting with an intense, true blue colour, these nodding bell-shaped blooms will add a touch of woodland magic to the spring garden. A great naturalizing bulbs for creating a sea of blue in your beds and borders.

 

Plant Scilla Siberica with…

Winter Heather

Loved for their outstanding upright and bushy habit, this mixture of Heather adds a touch of glistening colour to the winter/spring garden.

 

Narcissi ‘February Gold’

Always the first to blooms, this beautiful award-winning Narcissi’s vivid yellow nodding flowers will add a beautiful contrast of colour when planted with Scilla. A great naturalizer too.

 

2. Muscari Latifolium

An increasingly popular, bicolour species. This unique variety produces beautiful, scented flower spikes that transform from a light green, to blue and then open to an unusual plum purple. These bold blue flowers are perfect all by itself or can be used to create a lovely colour combo.

Plant Muscari latifolium with…

Tulip Fashion

Vibrant compact Tulips. These Kaufmanniana beauties bloom an empire rose with purple veins, a perfect companion to blue Muscari for dreamy, romantic spring bedding.

 

 Anemone Nemorosa ‘Royal Blue’

An easy-to-grow naturalizing Anemone. These vivid royal blue flowers will add a beautiful variety of shape and texture to a spring woodland-style when planted alongside Muscari.

 

3. Hyacinth Delft Blue

This extremely fragrant, award-winning Hyacinth has the most beautiful soft, porcelain blue flowers that are guaranteed to create a show-stopping display in spring. These easy-to-grow flowers will make a welcome addition to beds, borders or for the best visual impact, plant in groups with other spring bulbs.

Plant Hyacinth Delft Blue with…

Tulip Apricot Beauty

This award-winning Tulip is an early bloomer with soft apricot flowers. A perfect, sweetly fragrant companion for planting alongside the beautiful scent of Hyacinths.

 

Euphorbia polychroma

Incredibly showy, Euphorbia polychroma is a mounding perennial that bears attractive golden yellow flowers in the spring time. A lovely contrasting companion for the beautiful blue blooms of ‘Delft Blue’.

 

4. Muscari azureum

This lovely compact Muscari will brighten up the spring garden with their light powder puff blue flowers. This long-flowering early spring award winner looks spectacular when planted en masse to create a beautiful drift of colour, for an unforgettable visual impact.

Plant Muscari azureum with…

Tulip Orange Angelique

Make a statement in your garden by pairing the pale blooms of ‘Azureum’ with the soft peachy shades of this beautiful double-flowering Tulip. They also produce a light fragrance and will pair well with Muscari’s fragrant flowers.

 

Hyacinth Pink Pearl

Create a riot of colour with these delightfully bold pink Hyacinths. These highly scented blooms paired against scented Tulips and Muscari will create a heavenly carpet of sweet fragrant spring flowers in the border.

 

5. Puschkinia Libanotica (Russian Snowdrops)

Release an impressive display with this lovely, naturalizing bulb. These award-winning spring favourites will make a striking impact with their blue-striped white fragrant blooms. Ideal for planting in groups for years of spectacular blue flowers.

Plant Puschkinia Libanotica with…

Narcissi Surfside

Create a subtle and elegant display by pairing Russian Snowdrops against the pale yellow and snow white blooms of Narcissi Surfside. These beautiful pastel flowers will brighten up any spring garden.

 

Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’

This award-winning Crocus blooms is well-loved for its sweet scent and clump-forming nature. They bloom with crisp white petals that surround a fiery orange throat. A beautiful fragrant companion for Snowdrops in the early spring.

 

6. Chionodoxa Luciliae

These breath-taking blue flowers are a charming addition to the early spring garden. Their star-shaped blooms create a stunning woodland display when left to naturalize and it’s a wonderful way to add a blue sea of colour to rock gardens or the front of the border.

Plant Chionodoxa Luciliae with…

Cyclamen Coum

Bursting with beautiful charm, these low-growing pink Cyclamen are the perfect companions for planting with Chionodoxa to create a superb woodland-style carpet of colour in early spring.

 

Galanthus Woronowii (Broad Leaf Snowdrop)

A true staple of spring. For planting as a backdrop against low-growing Cylamen and Choinodoxa, the snowy white giant blooms of these snowdrops will make a beautiful fragrant accent plant to a spring woodland display.

 

7. Muscari Armeniacum

These electric blue flowers are guaranteed to liven up any  garden this spring season. As well as their beautiful fragrance, these award-winning blooms are easy to grow, naturalizing and create an amazing colourful impact when planted in drifts around shrubs or under trees.

Plant Muscari Armeniacum with…

Narcissi Jack Snipe

Hardy and striking. The frilled golden-yellow cups are surrounded by delicate pure white petals that deepen to a creamy shade at the base. This free-flowering award winner will create a striking, contrasting colour combination that will dazzle in the spring.

 

Tulip Ballade

This incredibly beautiful award-winner is a spectacular Tulip. Showcasing violet-mauve and white blooms, this unusual colour combination will stand out in borders or containers. An elegant variety for naturalizing in the late-spring garden.

Trends from the Tatton Park Flower Show 2019

The Tatton Park Flower Show took place last week, and we sent a few members of the J Parkers team to scope out the top trends, flowers and planting companions at the 2019 show.

So let’s have a look at some of the gardening styles at this year’s show that you can try out in your own garden.

Popular Flowers

Here are 3 of the most popular and showcased flowers on display around the show and the show gardens.

Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis featured in ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Garden’ by Simon Tetlow

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.

Echinacea

Echinacea featured in ‘The Mindful Garden’ by Ki Tong.

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.

Alliums

Allium Drumsticks featured in ‘The Phytosanctuary 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 Drumsticks and 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.

Garden Trends

 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.

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2. Multi-layered Borders

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.

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4. Glorious Grasses

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.

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5. Heavenly Hydrangeas

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.

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