Main inspirations

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The most prestigious horticultural event of the year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 has just concluded. To celebrate what was a fantastic year for diversity, colour, bold statements and subtle touches we are looking back at some of the main inspirations coming out of this brilliant show. Please read below to find out about our favourite parts of the show and the design features that you can try in your own garden.

Promoting a beauty of British landscape


 We are very proud of our natural landscape and that’s why the cottage style dominated at the Chelsea Flower Show again this year. Some gardens were designed to showcase the traditional, even historical form. This was perhaps best seen in A Very English Garden by Janine Crimmins who used an authentic ‘English style’ technique. She used dry stone, lines of Buxus and lots of perennial flowers planted very densely with some old-fashioned roses. Welcome to Yorkshire by Mark Gregory took us to the countryside in the North of England where we could see a lovely cottage house, water stream and a romantic, picturesque garden. Another beautiful example of the British landscape was the Spirit of Cornwall garden by Stuart Charles Towner. In contrast to above two gardens this garden was very contemporary and celebrated the special micro climate of Cornwall.

Yellow trend


 Recently we published an article about our colour trend prediction for 2018. If you haven’t read the article then please click here. We predicted that yellow would become one of the trends for 2018 and we were extremely pleased to see so much use of yellow, whether lemon, pale, cream, canary or other shades of this colour at Chelsea. A perfect example of the popularity of yellow could be seen in the LG Eco-City Garden by Hay-Joung Hwang. We loved the way the colours of the flowers matched the colours of the cushions and the consistent light grey paving joined it all together. The yellow theme made this garden look very light, fresh and modern.

Favourite plants


 The trend for cottage garden plants continued this season. The planting was very soft, subtle and romantic. We could see tall flower spikes everywhere at Chelsea this year, with Lupins and Foxgloves standing out as the most impressive use of height and structure. They are also very distinctive plants which, although traditional also formulate the space and give it a sense of organisation. Some of our favourite use of this style of planting could be seen in the Welcome to Yorkshire garden by Mark Gregory who recreated a beautiful landscape in Yorkshire and in the very interesting Skin Deep garden by Robert Barker who used tall white foxgloves to complement the grey, impressive concrete cubes.



By incorporating sculptures into your garden, you can create a more dynamic and personal feel about your space. You can express your lifestyle and make the area more inspiring. At RHS Chelsea 2018 we saw a lot of beautiful sculptures on show. One of our favourite gardens was The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden by Laura Anstiss, an amazing, very colourful garden with a touching message driving the inspiration and featuring some beautiful sculptures of the children behind the story. We also loved the fantastic sculptural benches in a very dynamic The David Harber and Savills Garden by Nic Howard. In our opinion this garden was one of the best at showing how sculpture can impress and influence our mind. We saw a huge increase in the use of metal work as a central feature in show gardens this year. A beautiful example of this is The Wedgwood Garden by Jo Thompson. Jo used a very artistic structure that makes you want to stop, sit down and have a cup of tea in the lovely sheltered space of the garden. We also saw lots of beautiful water features, some were very natural like a peaceful stream, others brought forward dynamic fountains and others had relaxing pools. It shows that the incorporation of water in show gardens has become an inherent part of the show garden.

May 2018