The Chelsea Flower Show￼ might be over for another year but now is the time to put all that inspiration to good use.
Chris Beardshaw's Morgan Stanley Garden was the People's Choice Award winner and it was everything you'd expect to see in a typical British garden. With familiar plants including fennel and lupins, a curved path through packed flower borders and low foliage, and the addition of abstract sculptures, the garden was held together by the centrepiece – an oak and limestone loggia designed in the shape of a leaf.
Here, Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres, provides his expert tips on how to recreate some of Chris' award-winning looks in your own garden this summer:
1. You don't need a large lush space to recreate a classic British garden such as this – it is all about what is planted and the materials used. Here perennials, shrubs, and majestic trees create a whimsical atmosphere whilst the stone and wood loggia adds a contemporary touch.
2. To create this look, use a wooden feature like a pergola or arch as the centrepiece and plant around it using bright bold flowers such as geraniums and iris. Opt for deep jewel colours rather than pretty pastels to stand out against the plain wood.
3. Plants such as geraniums and hostas are great for texture and movement in shady areas whilst sunny areas should be adorned with lupins and peonies for colour and height.
Plants to use:
- Campanula periscaria
- Euphorbia mellifolora
- Nepeta 'Walkers low'
- Dryoperis affinis (Ferns)
- Hosta 'Patriot'
- Salvia ' Deep blue'
Recap the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show here and browse through all the news and award winners here.
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