Small gardens packed with big ideas
The important role that gardening and growing plants can play in addressing some of life’s biggest issues were key themes at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, it has become one of the most famous flower and landscape gardens shows in the world since its debut in 1912.
Designs celebrated how gardens can be beautiful havens to escape and enjoy, as well as how they can help improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Take a peek at what was featured in the gorgeous Great Pavillion
Grow a living wall
Adopt the exemplary style of the Urban Flow Garden – voted the Best Space to Grow Garden – and green your home by turning an exterior wall into a living larder, with fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs all growing vertically.
Here’s how to plant a green roof
Take home tips from Tony Wood’s Urban Flow Garden with features designed to catch and use rainwater run-off. The laser-cut, weathered steel panels, interspersed with permeable paving, allow rainwater to flow through and be stored, while also watering the plants below.
Here’s advice on collecting, storing and re-using rainwater
Be bold with hard landscaping
Whether it’s in the pebble mosaic or fossil-embedded Portland stone of The Pearlfisher Garden, the dry stone walling of The Silent Pool Gin Garden or the clay, brick pavers in the alfresco area of the Urban Flow Garden the hard landscaping incorporated into the Space to Grow designs all add textural contrast to the planting.
Here’s how to plant a green wall