Focus on Planting at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Oct 01

Focus on Planting at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Planting schemes are so important to a garden and with so many genus and species of plants available these days it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Here I will share my favourites from Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

In the Sentebale Forget-Me-Not garden these neat round mounds of  Helxine soleirolii (mind your own business) ‘ and Selanginella Helvetica look great however Hebe ‘green globe’ and Scleranthus Biflorus could be used to create a similar effect. Elsewhere in the garden I like the angular rocks used between plants which is a great alternative to using pebbles.

 

The large Rhododendron macabeanum in the background of this image of the East Village Garden combined with the structural form of the arum lilies, (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is quite something.

In addition I love this ground cover used in the Australian Garden. Its called Acacia Cognata Limelight however I haven’t been able to find anywhere that sells it in the UK.

 

The use of Buxus balls or hedges in amongst softer planting has been used in a number of gardens at Chelsea and is very effective. I particularly love the combination of these structural forms against the soft texture of grasses.

 

I have always loved Grasses, Hostas, Acers and Alliums so lastly I have included pictures of a select few that were my favourites on display in The Great Pavilion. These include Libertia ixioides ‘Goldfinger’, Allium Pinball Wizard and Schubertii, Hosta ‘Iced Lemon’ and ‘Dinky Donna’.

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Sculptures at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Oct 01

Sculptures at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

The use of sculptures within gardens can often provide a fantastic focal point and give contrast to foliage. Here are details of my favourites from Chelsea Flower Show.

I have liked Tom Stogdons work for some time and the use of one of his slate sculptures in the Stop the Spread Garden demonstrates how great his designs can work in a garden.

 

David Harbers stand had a variety of designs on show but I particularly like the spiralling form made up of round discs and the giant convex reflective disc he calls ‘Torus’.

In addition the ‘Light’ sculpture by David Watkinson is very effective.

 

The sculptural metal trees by Guild which were on the Marshall Murray stand are a great example of sculptors using nature to influence their designs. These modern and industrial simple tree forms would look fantastic used in place of real trees to provide a stark contrast to the vegetation in a planting scheme.

Lastly if you are looking to add an element of fun into your garden Cathy H

arts animals are quirky and would certainly make you smile.

 

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Trend for Vertical Planting continues at Chelsea Flower Show

Sep 26

Trend for Vertical Planting continues at Chelsea Flower Show

Living walls have been increasing in popularity in recent years and this was certainly evident at Chelsea this year. A number of gardens incorporated living walls in a variety of styles. The Bluewater Roof garden had a tubular section resembling honeycomb on one wall and in the Stoke-on-Trent’s Story of Transformation Garden the whole back wall had vertical planting. The variety of plants being used in vertical gardens has increased in recent years although I think some lend themselves to it and are more successfully than others.

 

In addition to the gardens some stands were showing different styles of vertical planting such as the ceramic interlocking wall by Nido and vertical walls done in sections such as a narrow panel or using slots of planting within a white wall, an approach I particularly like which lends itself to a more modernist garden design.

 

Taking the trend a step further there were some examples of living art on dispaly such as in this RHS display and on the Scotscape stand, the idea of creating wall art from plants is an interesting one and I can’t help but wonder if this is something that will catch on and become popular.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Top 3 Gardens

Sep 24

Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Top 3 Gardens

My first press visit to Chelsea Flower Show was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I was able to get a great look at all the gardens and stands and I could really appreciate all the finer details.

My personal favourites and top 3 gardens are the SeeAbility Garden, Bluewater Roof Garden and Brewin Dolphin Garden.

I particularly liked the SeeAbility Garden for its hard landscaping, with the wooden curved screens and ball bearing panels providing a modern feel and adding great contrast to the planting. The detailing of the slate pathway (laid edge up) is extremely effective; especially the way it leads your eye into the central feature tree.

The Bluewater Roofgarden has a number of features that work well. Circular elements consisting of concrete planters, a water feature and a decking area contrast with the disjointed decking and industrial metal grate pathways. The water ties all this together. On the wall tubes are planted to create a living wall section which resembles the honeycomb pattern of a beehive.

What I like about the Brewin Dolphin Garden is the crisp and modernist design. The different zones created within the garden and the contrast created between these areas with the use of planting and hard landscaping is very effective. I love the pergola, fence and giant pebbles.

 

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Habitat planters are a must have

Sep 18

Habitat planters are a must have

I bought some white faceted planters from Habitat a few years ago as I loved the design so much. I have kept them safely stored in preperation for the day I get to redesign my garden. I just knew I had to have them as they would be a great to have in a contemporary garden. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity as I have learnt the hard way that products don’t always stay around for long.

Yesterday I was browsing the Habitat website and was pleased to see the planters are available again this year although this time in black.

Its great to see the design has stood the test of time and I can see the black working just as well in a contemporary cutting edge garden scheme.

The planters are made from fibre glass and come in two sizes. For more info or to purchase them you can visit the habitat website www.habitat.co.uk

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Water Feature

Sep 09

Water Feature

Whilst visiting friends in Dorset we saw this great water feature at their local garden centre: Orchard Park www.orchardpark.biz

I love water features and this one in particular would be a great feature in a contemporary garden. Although it was a cold October day the water flowing slowly over the top and down the panels was mesmerising and would be a great calming feature as well as something for the children to enjoy on hot summer days.

Water Feature

Water Feature

 

 

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