There is always one plant that seems to be in every garden at the Chelsea Flower Show; this year that plant was a brown Iris; i have it too so I think it is I. Kent Pride. I plant it near Nandino as the new spring growth is just the same colour, friends have it with Cotinus, both these combinations work better for me than any of the combinations by the designers at Chelsea.
There was much talk on the tv about this being the best Chelsea for some years, but I must say that I didn’t agree. Many of the gardens were so similar to other years with the same plants and no really cutting edge design or inovations. i would have awarded only one or two gold medals in the large show gardens category. The “best in show” was excellent but my favourite was the garden for Cancer Research designed by Robert Meyers. I thought this garden really proved you could have three quite separate areas including a woodland grove in the space of a show garden so about the size of many real gardens. It was beautifully planted in a restrained way with silver birches forming the woodland area and a pergola all rounf the garden for shade; there was formality and natural planting, tradition in that the garden was enclosed by a pergola and modernity provided by an interesting pergola.
I love the box cubes, something I’ve used in designs before now – always a pleasing effect.