Gardeners ‘can be really creative with sustainability’

Green-fingered Brits can take a really innovative and creative approach to sustainability when they are trying to be more environmentally friendly in their garden.

For instance, one entry into the Royal Horticultural Society's forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show – the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship Garden – has been produced with sustainability as the core of its ethos.

It is designed in such a way that expresses colour and vitality by Caroline Butler, who is the current Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholar.

This is achieved through a continuous, curved path toward a garden seat, which then becomes a flowing wall and the look is inspired by the movements of kites in the sky.

A swirl of colour is provided in the centre of the display and is created through naturalistic planting.

People who would like to attempt to recreate this look may wish to invest in a tiller, as these can help to turn the soil between plants and handheld models can run close to the edge of patches of grass with ease.

Much of Ms Butler's garden has been created with recycled content and this can also be achieved at home.

It could be worth browsing MowDIRECT's range of chippers and shredders, as many of these products recycle garden waste into mulch, which can then be used to help plants retain moisture and nutrients, which is particularly valuable in colder conditions.

Ms Butler's entry forms part of the flower show's new Fresh Garden category, which encourages new approaches, so could be worth keeping an eye on.

"We are really excited about the new Fresh Garden category which will allow garden designers to push the boundaries of what a garden can be, allowing them to create innovative and conceptual designs that will delight our visitors," explained manager of the show Alex Denam.

"We are sure that our visitors will enjoy the sense of surprise and creativity they will find with the Fresh exhibits," she added.

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