RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

I visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 today – what a day! It’s always a privilege to be able to go to this amazing show. The Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and Grand Pavilion are truly inspirational (not to mention colourful) and it’s hard to come away without wanting to add a bit of Chelsea magic into your own outdoor space.

David Harber and Savills Garden

The concepts behind the garden designs are both of the moment and thought provoking, highlighting human and global issues that are right at the forefront of today’s agenda, and how plants can help combat these in both environmental and therapeutic ways.

The planting combinations cover all conditions that you’d find in a typical UK garden as well as abroad, including planting ideas for shade, sun, dry or moist, damp soils. One thing I noticed this year is the spectrum of vibrant shades used. Soft and airy planting schemes are a lovely thing, but bold, vivid flowers are definitely making a comeback. Gone are the days of brash bedding plants that put the younger garden market off colour. This year you can really see how it’s possible to make a wonderfully tasteful planting scheme using plants of contrasting colours – bright orange flowers are partnered with ultra-violet and yellow, for example. I just love it! I’ve always liked this colourful style of planting, you just have to forget everything you know about clashing colours when it comes to flowers, I just don’t believe there are any two flowers that clash when planted together. The wonderful Beth Chatto, who sadly passed away this spring, always included all colours in her planting schemes. I will always remember one of her planting tips for borders, which I was told by a former Head Gardener of Trinity College in Cambridge while I worked there. This was to plant cool shades towards the ends of a border and more vibrant, warm shades in the middle. You wouldn’t necessarily notice it to look at, but it’ll draw your eye through the border and balance out perfectly. Since then, I’ve always seen the beauty in plants of all colours and how they complement each other to give a beautiful overall effect. So I would say, be brave with colour this year – you won’t regret it!

geum-anchusaGeum 'Totally Tangerine' and Anchusa 'Loddon Royalist'

I was busy putting my photos on Instagram for a lot of the day – here are some of the highlights:


About garden nomey

I studied Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex back in the early noughties – it was good fun and a great place to learn, and since then I’ve had various lovely jobs. I started working as a gardener at Trinity College in Cambridge, which is the biggest of Cambridge University’s colleges. That was the best gardening job I’ve ever had, the gardeners were talented and knowledgable (and fun!), the college was relaxed and the grounds are extensive and beautiful. There are amazing gardens locked behind ‘secret garden’ doorways in ancient walls, huge perennial borders to tend to, massive hedges to trim (one is 30ft high) and lawns to mow with precision. It was the perfect place for me, as a new gardener, to gain all the experience I might need to see me off into a career in horticulture. I went on to do various other gardening jobs for a few more years, before deciding that I would like to write about plants. Just as I was wondering how on earth I might get into this (as I was only trained in horticulture), I stumbled upon a Marketing Assistant job with an online and catalogue plant supplier, and they kindly took me in. This was my dream job at the time and I felt so lucky, I spent every day writing plant copy and gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management – something I’d never even thought about doing in the past. As it turned out, I loved it! Since then I’ve worked for more online plant suppliers, plus magazines including Which? Gardening Magazine and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. I currently work as a garden writer for Hubert Burda Media UK and fill some of my spare time with freelance copy writing and blogging work. Every single one of my jobs has taught me so much and I think I’ve found my niche – I’m a Gardener, Copy Writer, Garden Marketer, Feature Writer and Online Content Manager! I’ve been involved in this industry for a good while now. I’ve been to a lot of press shows, I work and have worked with a lot of suppliers and I constantly see people I know in magazines and at gardening events. I really feel like I’m part of this lovely, friendly industry and that makes me very happy. I hope you enjoy my blog! Naomi
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1 Response to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

  1. Mamounette says:

    It sounds really great and magic !
    May I put an option to go with you next year ? 😘

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