It is always really exciting to visit the Chelsea Flower show 2017 and find inspiration, see plant combinations and get new ideas.
There were two main show gardens that I particularly liked at the Chelsea Flower show 2107, the first one was Charlotte Harris’s garden for the Royal Bank of Canada, inspired by the boreal forests of Canada. The main structural plants were a group of 40 year old jack pines (Pinus banksiana). In contrast to the evergreen structure the planting was transparent and delicate, with some exquisite combinations. One combination that caught my eye was Aquilegia canadensis with its beautiful red and yellow flowers together with the acid yellow of the Zizia aurea and the green stems of the Lilium martagan that looks wonderful with the wavy grass of Deschampsia cespitosa.
The other main show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2107, that I liked was ‘Breaking Ground’ by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam for Wellington College. I loved the planting combinations, especially the strong colours, which gave a feel of an ornamental meadow with the use of very textural planting. A combination that I particularly liked was the Salvia ‘ Caradonna’, Cenolpholium denudatum , Hesperis matronalis (purple) and the large architectural Angelica archangelica , with the movement in the garden from the gorgeous Melica altissima ‘Alba’,My favourite garden in the Artisan gardens at Chelsea Flower Show 2017, was ‘The Seedlip Garden’ designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald , I loved the colour palette used in this garden. Which were predominately in shades of grey, green and copper. The planting combinations I particular liked was the Dryopteris erythrosora ‘ Prolifica’ with Geum ‘ Totally Tangerine’ and Euphorbia griffithii ‘ Dixter’.
In the Fresh Category at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017, the garden that caught my eye was ‘Beneath a Mexican Sky’ designed by Manoj Malde, the inspiration for his garden was Luis Barragan the Mexican architect who liked to use washed walls in clementine, coral and cappuccino which provide a dramatic back drop to the planting scheme. The colours on the walls were picked up in the planting with Eschscholzia californica and Dianthus cruentus which are plants easily grown in our gardens that are drought tolerant and give that Mediterranean feel. All they need is a dry sunny border to flourish.I am a qualified garden designer with a keen interest in contemporary, natural and traditional gardens. You can find me on Twitter or like my Facebook page where you will find lots of tips related to gardening.