Hints & Tips
There can be no doubt that the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the biggest events on the annual gardening calendar – and the 2013 run, which started on May 21st and is due to come to a close tomorrow (May 25th), has been no different.
Green-fingered enthusiasts and gardening professionals alike can always keep a close eye on proceedings in order to pick up some ideas from the prevalent trends, which they could then apply to their own outdoor spaces.
Hosting garden charity the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) noted that nature and tradition appeared to be recurring themes, adding that plants native to British shores stole the show.
Biodiversity also appeared to be celebrated – and in terms of specific colour schemes, pink made its presence very strongly felt.
Le Jardin de Yorkshire – the entry from Welcome to Yorkshire – was designed in such a way as to showcase the natural beauty of the northern region.
Plants like Lychnis flos-cuculi, colloquially known as the ragged robin; Dactylorhiza fuchsii more commonly referred to as the spotted orchid and Geum rivale – or water avens – were all present here.
Gardeners who are yet to commit to a set of flowers and still need to get on with some planting can rest assured that it is not necessarily too late to do so – particularly given the long, cold winter we suffered and the ongoing unpredictability of climate conditions in May.
Indeed, this could prove to be a very popular consideration among Brits up and down the country, as a study recently revealed the extent to which we invest in our green spaces.
Carried out by Homebase, it was specified that people spend a national total of £80 billion a year on gardens, averaging an estimated £1,790 worth of plants and garden equipment per household.