Chelsea flower show

One of the highlights of May for me is a visit to the Chelsea flower show. It is such an inspiring event with some of the world’s top designers putting their hearts on the line and presenting some very personal work. This year saw a move towards more subtle, refined planting with an emphasis on strong architectural trees and planting in shades of green.

The overall show winner was Tom Stuart-Smiths garden for Laurent Perrier. It was a contemplative space with a series of beautiful pleached hornbeam (or cloud trees) forming an architectural backdrop to the mainly green and white planting. The pathways, which drifted across the garden like a series of nets, were softened by mellow bricks and these were contrasted with a series of zinc planters brimming with water.

Another designer to come out on top was local landscaper Adam Frost who is based near Stamford. I’ve know Adam for many years and he really deserves this years’ award – not only did he win gold but also took the coveted best in show for his urban front garden. It was designed for a couple with an eye for detail and the soft planting and subtle colour palette were beautiful, while the landscaping was perfect.

For me a visit to Chelsea is an inspiring day which brings many ideas and projects I want to forge ahead with both in my garden and for clients. If you’ve been inspired to change your home or garden this year and need a little help or guidance then please give me a call – I’m happy to come out to your home and offer advice and support