Circium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, the floral star of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show
I spent a glorious five days immersed in London’s garden culture and came away with some definite garden trends during my visit to the Chelsea Flower Show and beyond. Garden expert Lucy Summers took me on a whirlwind tour of Chelsea — in the rain, no less — and pointed out some of the flowers, plants and trends that made special cameos this year at Chelsea:
One of the gold-winning gardens at Chelsea was Dan Pearson’s gorgeous, rambling Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden that looked, with its woodsy plantings of ferns, rhododendron and grasses, like a slice of wilderness plopped down onto the Chelsea showgrounds. Crowds loved it, and the garden took home one gold medal and Best Show Garden awards.
FAVORITE CHELSEA PLANTS
Summers pointed out the profusion in many of the Chelsea show gardens of Queen Anne’s lace, ferns, alliums (always on trend at Chelsea), angelica, Circium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ and classic British lupines. Like Versace or Tom Ford dresses at the Academy Awards, these show garden favorites popped up again and again. Be ahead of the curve and plant them in your space!
SEE MORE FLORAL TRENDS FROM LONDON
In the coming weeks, I’ll be visiting and reporting from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on behalf of HGTV and HGTVGardens and soaking up all that is floral, botanical, design and style-centric in this incredible city.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, designed by Cleve West and awarded Best in Show.
HGTV Heads to London
It’s one of the priciest streets in England with some of the most sought after properties in the country. But behind the doors of many of the mansions on The Bishops Avenue in north London (“Billionaires’ Row”), there is little in the way of opulence or luxury. It is estimated that a third of the homes, worth an estimated $582 million, are in a state of disrepair after lying vacant for decades.
The pricey Heath Hall is on the market for $91million.
Despite their poor condition, the houses remain a safe place for the wealthy to invest their money because of London’s rocketing property values, which rose 11% last year, and because of the road’s reputation as a hotspot for the rich and famous.
A crumbling ballroom in one of the mansions along The Bishops Avenue in north London
Of the homes that are occupied, even those are used infrequently by their owners for short periods each year, with residents complaining that there is little in the way of a ‘community.’
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I’m not a jealous person. I mean, come on — it’s a complete waste of your energy to long for something that someone else has. Right? OK, that’s how I usually feel. But then, my good friend Felicia over at HGTVGardens informed me that she’s headed to jolly old London, England next week for The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show — and, I have to admit, I had a twinge of, “Uh, not fair — I wanna go!” I may have even stomped my foot (no, I really didn’t — OK, maybe I did). Of course, it makes no sense for me to go, but — that’s the thing about jealousy — it rarely ever makes sense.
What is the Chelsea Flower Show? Felicia writes, “What Bonnaroo is to indie rockers, the Oscars to movie stars, and the Venice Biennale to contemporary art fans, the Chelsea Flower Show is to plant people: the most glamorous, most famous, most celebrated garden show in a country known for taking its gardening very, very seriously.”
Image courtesy of Bret Wood
Be sure to keep up with Felicia’s travels to the Chelsea Flower Show as she takes in a bevy of British gardens and shares them with us (or rubs them in our faces, however you like to look at it).
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