Our Favourite Things at Chelsea Flower Show

Clare Coulson picks out the highlights from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show:

The Power of Black – Andy Sturgeon’s Best in Show garden illustrates how impactful black can be – it showcases any plant beautifully even if there is almost no other colour in this lush and largely green garden:

Get rid of pavers – there are lots of rough hoggin paths at this year’s show – which feels much more naturalistic and in keeping with the wild feeling:

Invest in unusual irises. There are plenty to choose from on the incredible Cayeux stand but this shorter iris ‘Gingerbread Man’ on the D’Arcy & Everest stand also stopped us in our tracks:

Let the Wild Flowers grow – Chelsea is awash with gorgeous wild flowers but nowhere more so than florist Tattie Rose’s lovely installation for the RHS. Here pink campions play a starring role:

Show your metal – both the show gardens and the artisan spaces feature lots of metal details this year from rusted edges and retaining walls to this silo viewing tower on Sarah Eberle’s gorgeous Resilience garden:

Beautify your accessories – the back of gardens aren’t normally seen by the public but they are still inspiring spaces. This is the housekeeping zone on Michelle Brown’s Miles Stone garden:

This is also the back of a stand – this time of the Japanese gold metal winning Kazuyuki Ishihara whose Green Switch garden is all about creating a calm and contemplative space in the city:

Fill a shell with plants – how pretty is this conch filled with succulents in the floral marquee? The arrangement includes Aeonium, Ceropegia, Cotyledon, Echeveria and Senecio:

Plant a curvy tree – this year’s show has so many extraordinarily beautiful trees but this statuesque Pinus nigra on Chris Beardshaw’s garden arguably stole the show:

Colour Clash – there are so many sublime planting combinations at Chelsea but this little vignette on the Todds Botanics stand caught our eye. Simple but breath-takingly beautiful:



Chelsea Flower Show
21 - 25 May 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
— Clare
22nd May 2019