Every year, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) hosts the Chelsea Flower Show, a very important event for all gardeners and landscape designers. The site Our site became interested in what was offered at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, what trends dominated.
And, probably the most important, the most noticeable is the natural garden. At this year’s Chelsea show, most landscape designers showcased their wilderness-inspired gardens. Strict flower beds and artificial fences are becoming a thing of the past. They are confidently replaced by chaotic clusters of flowers and hedges, which do not need to be given a perfectly even shape..
Refusal from mowed lawns. Yes, nowadays “wild” lawns are in vogue, where the grass grows as it pleases. And also all kinds of alternatives to the classic lawn, which the portal wrote about in detail. Agree that this is a pleasant excuse to rest both yourself and the lawnmower.
Roof gardens. Landscape designers use literally every bit of space for landscaping. Including roofs. And not only houses, but also outbuildings. For example, in Silent Pool Gin Garden, the industrial look of the metal canopy was softened by plantings along the side walls and roof..
Garden-forest. A striking example is the RHS Back to Nature Garden project. The Duchess of Cambridge herself participated in its development, who, as can be seen in the photo, attended the exhibition in Chelsea with the whole family. And she showed her creation to Her Majesty Elizabeth II. This garden was created as a wilderness with large trees, a campfire, a tree house and a stream..
Kupyr forest, aka cow parsley. Surprisingly, it was this unassuming plant, in fact a weed, that was used everywhere at the Chelsea show. For example, the kupyr was very noticeable in the Wedgwood Garden and Welcome to Yorkshire Garden projects..
Gardens for children. Landscape designers aimed to ensure that children spend as much time as possible outdoors. The most striking example of such a “kindergarten” was the Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden project..
Gardens that help restore the landscape. The topic of healing spoiled, human-damaged landscapes was raised by several designers at once. For example, The Resilience Garden project has shown that forests can be resilient even in a changing climate. The M project&G Garde focused on plants that can survive in difficult conditions, and the Walker’s Forgotten Quarry Garden was aimed at restoring industrial landscapes that nature has reclaimed..
The Chelsea Flower Show is setting trends in landscape design for the entire year, until the next show. So aim for a natural garden that requires minimal maintenance. And do not forget about the children who also need their own corner on the site..