As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws to a close each year, garden lovers can reflect on the show’s main theme. The answer these days is that usually there isn’t just one main theme. Instead, Chelsea continues to be an eclectic, sumptuous and sometimes eccentric window on world gardening, ranging effortlessly from herbaceous borders to fynbos, from exotic Barbados to traditional Japan.
George Plumptre rounds up his six favourite themes at this year’s showcase.
Trend 1: Natural Landscapes
Celebrating natural landscapes and plants’ ability to regenerate in the toughest of conditions were taken to the extreme in the replication of a Maltese quarry.