At long last, the most anticipated flower shows of the season have come by once again, and they certainly didn't disappoint!
RHS shows are the top destination for gardeners across the UK, providing invaluable ideas and inspiration for the garden this year and into the next. With a glorious selection of must-have themes, plants, and decor, here are just a few top gardening trends from RHS Chelsea this year!
Cohesive gardening designs and themes are one of the most popular ways to arrange displays in the modern-day garden. Having a theme can help you fulfill your inspiration, saving you money and taking the confusion out of picking the perfect plants.
Here are just a few theme favourites from Chelsea.
‘A Rewilding Britain Landscape’ showcase. Credit: RHS
Many of the featured gardens at Chelsea featured the increasingly popular rewilding theme. This is also one of the many themes for the RHS through 2022. Simply put, it’s the act of allowing gardens to revert to their natural, uncultivated state. Essentially, allowing your plants to run wild!
Taking a break from mowing the lawn, leaving the weeds to do their thing, feeding wildlife, and giving them places to live are just a few ways to nail the new rewilding trend.
Designers Lulu Urquhart & Adam Hunt created ‘A Rewilding Britain Landscape’ showcase, showing how the effects of rewilding can be seen in the everyday garden and the ‘ripple effect of positive change’ this has on the environment. This design was the winner of both the gold medal and Best Show Garden at the show last week!
Perennials seen at Chelsea 2022
Perennials are one of the easiest ways to create a long-lasting garden display, so it’s no surprise that this is a focus at Chelsea this year. Perennials are featured in most showcases dotted about, lauded for their ability to last several months in the garden.
The winner of the RHS People’s Choice 2022 was Perennial’s Garden ‘With Love’. Garden designer Richard Miers created this masterpiece to focus on art, craft, and skill – all things that go into creating a show-stopping display! This showcase argues that ‘gardens don’t have to be wild to be wildlife friendly.’
The garden’s structure and colour-scheme show exactly why it won a gold award this year. We expect to see a lot of gardens mimic this natural colour palette and deliberate border planning this year and into next.
The Mind Garden by Andy Sturgeon, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Credit: RHS
Gardening helps you stay active and keeps the mind busy. These are just a couple of reasons why the mental health charity, Mind, designed The Mind Garden, highlighting that nature can help us reconnect with ourselves and each other.
Staying on top of your garden, regardless of whether it's themed or is a unique display, helps relax the mind, providing a free therapy session in the comfort of your home.
It wouldn’t be an RHS show without colour schemes that make us swoon! Whether you like to keep it simple or prefer an out-there display, these colour combos will help you create an award-winning garden.
Greenery is a must for any garden, regardless of theme. Many grasses and perennials feature gorgeous green shades. Here are just a few examples of plants we saw at Chelsea.
Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Sea Heart’
The Perennial Garden 'With Love' RHS Chelsea 2022. Credit: RHS
Think white, ivory, and cream. These serene shades will brighten the garden in a calming way that won’t shout too much. Here are some plants we found at Chelsea that fit the bill.
Digitalis purpurea White
Campanula carpatica Alba
Aquilegia White Barlow
Eccentric & Eclectic
The Cirrus Garden, RHS Chelsea 2022. Credit: RHS
On the other hand, big and bold blooms were centre stage at Chelsea this year. Whether it was seas of yellow, carpets of orange or beautiful red blooms, there was plenty to marvel at. Here are just a few of our favourites from the gardens.
Geum Queen of Orange
Salvia Amistad Pink (3rd place for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2022)
Lupin Gallery Red