I’m a big fan of the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show and, each year, the garden designs never fail to impress.
A lot of the gardens this year feature strong structural elements, using stone, wood or metal, that really make them stand out.
Whilst it might not be possible to create them down to a tee at home, there are definitely ideas to take away, be it structural shapes to try out, materials that work in a garden, planting ideas or simply colour palettes.
Here are a few favourite contemporary garden designs from this year’s show.
1. The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk
Designed by Rosy Hardy. Sponsored by: Brewin Dolphin.
© RHS RHS / Sarah Cuttle
2. The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Designed by Chris Beardshaw. Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley.
3. The St John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary
Designed by Jekka McVicar. Sponsored by: St John’s Hospice.
4. The Telegraph Garden
Designed by Andy Sturgeon. Sponsored by: The Telegraph.
5. The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden
Designed by Nick Bailey. Sponsored by: Winton.
6. Papworth Trust – Together We Can
Designed by Peter Eustance. Sponsored by: Papworth Trust.
7. Senri-Sentei – Garage Garden
Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara. Sponsored by: Henri-Sentei project.
8. Viking Cruises Mekong Garden
Designed by Sarah Eberle. Sponsored by: Viking Cruises.
9. The Garden Bed – a partnership with Asda
Designed by Stephen Welch and Alison Doxey.
10. The World Vision Garden
Designed by John Warland. Sponsored by: World Vision.
11. The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden
Designed by Lee Bestall. Sponsored by: Victoria Business Improvement District.
12. God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire
Designed by Matthew Wilson. Sponsored by: Welcome to Yorkshire.
© RHS RHS / Neil Hepworth
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