Part Two of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
After covering two RHS flower shows in the past few weeks, Chatsworth and Hampton Court Palace, I’ve identified a common thread running through all the RHS shows this year, and that is ‘nature and nurture’ using reclaimed and recycled elements and sustainable planting schemes. Most of the gardens have been designed to attract wildlife, and with ‘wellness’ being the new buzz word, living walls that are both ornamental and edible are also a highlight at the shows. Chelsea is certainly the biggest show stopper with designers going all out to impress the judges and the crowds.
In the August issue I showcased the Gold Winners of the Show Gardens and the new category ‘Space to Grow’ gardens. In our spring issue I’d like to feature the quirky Artisan Gardens that won Gold.
A PALACE play garden in the woods
Colourful performers amidst the verdant forest hues included varieties of alliums, astrantias, geums, salvia, foxgloves, lupins, buddleja, purple and bearded irises and verbascum. Not only were flowers, foliage and grasses intensively planted, but vegetable and herbs were also seamlessly woven into the themes.
Before I move on, I feel I must include the Back to Nature Garden, which was co-designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and landscape architects Davies and White. A perfect example of a natural garden using branches from the forest to create play areas including a gorgeous tree house, logs for children to crawl through, a waterfall and a wooden ramp to help the children cross the meandering stream. It was amazing to see what can be achieved in a tiny space with careful and creative thought. Literally, I felt as if I’d stepped into the Delamere Forest in Cheshire, it was so realistically planted.
I took a while to find The Artisan Gardens, which were situated a bit off the beaten track. These gardens demonstrate new ways to design gardens for different purposes, resulting in quirky, bold and exciting creations.
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3 Superfood Trees
Plant the following fruiting trees in your garden or even in large containers in a sunny courtyard and you will have very healthy and tasty produce at hand.
Indigenous Medicinal Herbs For Winter Ailments
How to use medicinal herbs Most herbalists caution that herbs are not a silver bullet. Herbs help to support and strengthen the body’s own systems and ability to heal itself, restore balance and ultimately health. Using fresh or dried leaves in a tea or tincture is usually the safest way to administer herbs.
Growing Winter Veggies Successfully
Winter feels like a Cinderella season in the veggie garden, but it really isn’t. Did you know that there are almost as many winter veggies as there are summer ones?
Fern And Bromeliad Fever
Specialising in indigenous and non-indigenous ferns and epiphytic ferns such as staghorns and imported bromeliads.
On Top Of The World In Paradise
This gem of an indigenous garden is worthy of a visit, if you love wildlife or gardens.
If you are a fan of vygies and similar plants, you can have swathes of these flat-growing succulents in flower every season if you plant different species, both indigenous and exotic, which are available as both annuals and perennials.
The Malaise Of FOPB!
Living remotely from others leads to a bigger reliance on remotes and their confusing buttons. It is terrifying if you suffer from FOPB…
Turn your garden bits into an upcycled basket just in time for the children to enjoy hunting for Easter eggs.
Fiery shades of red and orange make for a bold autumn display.
A Haze Of Purple
The evergreen ribbon bush, a compact shrub with dull-green leaves and abundant spikes of two-lipped deep purple flowers with darker purple spots, is a selection derived from Hypoestes aristata and was developed at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical garden. It carries the apt varietal name of ‘Purple Haze’ and is widely cultivated in gardens all over the country.
Chatsworth International School
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