There is simply no garden show greater than Chelsea. The Chelsea Flower Show takes place annually on the grounds of the Royal Hospital in London, and it features the finest garden designers, builders, and products in the garden industry. If you are looking for inspiration, there's no better place to find it.
Here is a top secret tip for visiting from afar: study the plant lists that are posted on the RHS website. When you attend the show, it can be easy to get all caught up in the hype and pushed to the back by the crowds. But to really take inspiration away from the show, all you need to do it peek at the plant lists that go online in advance. Here are some my favorite combos and introductions from the fab gardens this week.
Pictured above: "A simple mix of the globes of silver purple-flowered Allium christophii emerge through a soft froth of Alchemilla mollis, planted below the canopy of a hornbeam." -RHS Website. Created by Horticolous Landscapes and Garden Design of Bristol.
Chelsea 2013's Plant of the Year, Digitalis Illumination Pink. This foxglove is purported to be hardy and reliably perennial (most are biennial, so that is exciting!).
I want to grow this for arrangements! Dianthus barbatus Green Trick ('Temarisou'), which has strange green flowers the size of tennis balls, was also shortlisted for perennial plant of the year.
Two of my favorite plants, Angelica archangelica and Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’, with their refreshing spires of orange-yellow, make for a bright planting. Created by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants of Hampshire.
Did anything catch your eye from the show?
(Images: Royal Horticultural Society)