If you’re like most gardeners who visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show you wonder how you can make your garden look like a show garden. Wonder no more. Here are practical tips on how you can add fabulous features of show gardens to your own garden decor.
RBC Blue Water Roof Garden
This 2013 Gold Medal winning garden is a living roof that aims to attract wildlife, conserve water, and encourage biodiversity. With ponds, wetlands, and vertical gardens, it’s a perfect solution for an urban area where both space and greenery are in short supply. Within this hi-tech design is a low-tech living wall made of drought-tolerant succulents of various hues planted in recycled clay pots.
Whether your garden is on a roof or on the ground, you can conserve rainwater by following these ideas from the designers of the RBC Blue Water Roof Garden:
- Plant densely. Don’t leave open spaces, especially on hot surfaces.
- Harvest rainwater runoff to water your garden.
- Make structures that look like art installations from natural and manufactured materials. Such creative features add interest to gardens and attract wildlife.
Tourism Thailand Garden
Based on a section of a river in a rural area in Thailand, this garden showcases Thai plants that grow in water. You can grow a number of these plants in temperate climates, for example, sedges, ornamental grasses, and arrowhead.
The Tourism Thailand Garden features a Thai sala, which is an open pavilion that serves as a rain and sun shelter. Placed away from the house, the shelter provides a place to rest and relax—a good idea for any garden.
Trailfinders Australian Garden
This garden reflects the natural beauty of Australia and incorporates the best of sustainable design in an urban setting. The designers sought to challenge conventional garden design and provide ideas for sustainable gardening.
With thoughtful planning you can make your garden more environmentally friendly. Select plants based on their suitability for the site. Use recycled materials, practice water capture and conservation, and draw on solar power.
Le Jardin De Yorkshire
Le Jardin de Yorkshire celebrates the landscapes of that county, evoking rolling hills, meadows, and dry-stone walls. Wavy hedges represent the interlocking hills of a typical Dale, whilst multi-coloured bicycle wheels simulate the rolling hills. A wide variety of plantings suggest the wild textures of the Yorkshire Dales. Sculptures of sheep add to the whimsy.
You, too, can use inanimate objects and plant forms in your garden to evoke a certain landscape.
Arthritis Research UK 2013
From the memories of his childhood arthritis diagnosis, designer Chris Beardshaw created a garden that evokes the feelings of someone who has arthritis. A stone pathway winds through subtle green woodlands to colourful gardens, representing the journey of learning about and managing arthritis. The final stage of the garden is a vibrant planting that signifies living life to the fullest.
Decorating Tips from the Masters
Whilst your garden may not look exactly like a garden from the Chelsea Flower Show, you can add excitement by incorporating a variety of materials, adding water features and sculpture, and using flower colour for effect.
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