Inspiration & Design Trends
Considered the most prestigious horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is once again inspiring us to head to our local garden centres, dig out our overalls and create our very own design driven outdoor spaces.
With texture being a key focal point this year we saw many gardens experimenting with a range of materials. We’ve historically seen designers bringing the outside in, with living walls and creating sustainable eco-living spaces, but the show appeared to highlight that the inside is making its way into the garden.
Green was the prominent colour for most gardens this year dominating the styling features by way of tiles and accessories. The use of foliage, ferns and cow parsley seemed to touch on a more natural landscape and suggest that mini forests and overgrown gardens and are in fact right on trend. Overgrown is new pruned – who knew!
Here are our top three design trends from the show:
We saw many gardens experimenting with the use of water with inspiration coming from this year’s theme ‘reconnecting with nature and the beauty of the natural world’. From tranquil oasis pools and natural springs, to dramatic waterfalls, Chelsea showcased it all. Many incorporated water flowing from an overhead source to create a calming rain effect and we love it! (Might install one in the studio!)
Sculptures appeared to make their way into plenty of gardens in the form of decorative log walls, contemporary creations and rocks. Yes, we said it. Rocks. They were everywhere! So who says you have to spend thousands on designer sculptures when your old fashioned rock will do the job!
Interior designers have long loved the use of copper and brass in the house but it seemed to make its way out into the garden in furniture, accessories and sculptures. Several gardens featured modern high-shine metals giving a chic stylish feel whereas recycling old materials gave a nod to biodiversity and eco-credentials.
Our trade stand design was awarded a 4 star rating and was inspired by the hexagon form of the Thomas Sanderson logo, it suggested the natural design of honeycomb and was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of bees and sustainability, which in turn, inspired our planting scheme.
It comes with no surprise that this year’s show gave us the inspiration we need to get outside and start planting… (or just sit in a beautiful garden sipping on a Pimm’s!)