This year’s Chelsea Flower Show opened its doors to the public today. Yesterday, we took some time out from our stand to get an early sneak peek at the show gardens during its annual Press Day. Giving us the perfect opportunity to discover the latest show trends.
Here are three themes, we found running through several the show gardens and exhibits:
1. Wild and FreeIn keeping with the sustainability and restorative themes, the planting at Chelsea feel a lot less manicured, with a much more natural-looking result. Encouraging wildlife, using more native plants and flowers, and creating peaceful sanctuaries with long, rustling grass and long-stemmed plants ran throughout several the gardens, supporting the idea that gardens positively impact our well-being.
2. Small is SpaciousWe loved the balcony and container gardens. They were beautifully designed to demonstrate how you can maximise your outdoor space to enjoy time in the garden, no matter how small or urban a setting you may have. A lot of the designs mixed reclaimed items with newer pieces to create a blended design and sought to dispel the idea that you need larger, spacious gardens to create a garden sanctuary of your own.
3. Textured TonesEven though the overall aesthetic of the gardens felt more relaxed, as one would expect, there was still very much a carefully curation to all the designs. The colour palettes felt refined, and purple seemed to be a very popular colour, appearing in many of the show gardens. But whilst colours were more limited, we noticed that there was a lot of layering of shades, creating texture and movement amongst the flowers and foliage. Simple yet extremely effective.
If you’re visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, please do stop by and visit our stand, next to the Grand Pavilion, we’d be so pleased to see you.