Chelsea Flower Show Trends 2019

May, 2019

Chelsea Flower Show Trends 2019

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the British gardening calendar and the show draws royalty, global media, top international garden designers and thousands of garden lovers who flock to see the gardens and pavilions. Pritchard & Company summarises what you need to know in terms of new trends and ideas, popular planting, colour combinations and innovative design emerging from the 2019 show.

  • The overriding theme this year is the positive benefits gardens have on our health and wellbeing and how important it is to get into the green outdoors and be surrounded by nature
  • From the Duchess of Cambridge’s much talked about woodland adventure playground for children of all ages to explore and experience nature, through the Syrian refugee camp where the garden itself and its creation help alleviate stress and boredom, to the tranquil environment of the Feel Good Garden and the Green Switch Artisan Garden encouraging us to switch off and spend time in nature
  • Naturalistic and native planting are key: plants native to Britain, wildness and nature reclaiming a garden (High Maintenance Garden, Welcome to Yorkshire Garden), plant fringed streams and pools, organic shapes and low key garden structures
  • Woodland alongside water features heavily: native British trees such as oak, beech, hazel and birch provide canopies of shade or dappled light, richly underplanted with woodland plants from foxgloves and grasses to ferns and moss (Resilience Garden, M&G Garden)
  • Trees provide a sanctuary for people and wildlife, a sense of enclosure and serenity while increasing biodiversity
  • Simplicity and plenty of green: lush green is the most popular colour dotted with jewel like flowers and a general sense of calm is achieved in many gardens through whites with blues and purples. This cooling palette provides a relaxed, calming atmosphere
  • Popular flowers are iris, peonies, lupins, alchemilla, geums, borage, rodgersia and euphorbias as well as a renaissance of flowers such as azaleas, rhododendron, orchids and cacti, once considered old fashioned
  • The Chelsea plant of the year is a variegated sedum with yellow flowers (an exotic looking foxglove coming a close second)
  • Gardens are important to bring families and communities together (Facebook Garden, Family Monsters Garden, Urban Flow Garden)
  • Biodiversity and sustainability are crucial (Manchester Garden, Harmonious Garden of Life), as well as awareness of the loss of ecosystems through deforestation (Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden)
  • What we love: the edible living wall in the Urban Flow garden (vertical planting in pots for people to grow their own food) an easy idea to translate to any space; dome topped terracotta beehives in the Harmonious Garden for Life, and products on show such as the biodegradable plastic free seed trays, pots and watering can

RHS Chelsea delivers the beauty, drama and fascination of gardens, and it does so in spades.

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