Dark Matter Garden

15 Things at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Last year was my first trip to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it changed my world. This year, it didn’t have the same gobsmacking impact, but I could appreciate what I was seeing much better. The gardens I enjoyed more – the ones I liked the most had a story, like a fantasy world set piece, which is what I think a garden should be. Because… why not!

1) A garden impossible to believe it had just been constructed

Dan Pearson’s Chatsworth Garden included 400 tonnes of stone
Rheums and a stream – Dan Pearson’s Chatsworth Garden

2) Dark Matter = a video game scene in real life

Dark Matter Garden

3) Stylish dwarf conifers

The Sculptor’s Picnic’s dwarf pines and firs were stunning and contemporary

4) Plants under your feet

The Brewin Dolphin's garden slate pathways were really eye catching, and a bit too much in parts, but this walkway above plants and over a stream was lustworthy
The Brewin Dolphin’s garden slate pathways were really eye catching, and a bit too much in parts, but this walkway above plants and over a stream was lustworthy
Plants beneath a raised parth in the Dark Matter Chelsea Garden

5) The Cloudy Bay Garden’s wispy planting

Probably the most delicate plant design in Cloudy Bay Garden

6) A hideaway you could imagine hiding away in (despite the crowds)

The Retreat at sunset
The Retreat at sunset

7) When the hidden bit is best

The back of the Homebase garden was my fave bit
The back of the Homebase garden was my fave bit

8) The garden everyone wanted

The Time In Between garden
The Time In Between garden
Proteas - the flower everyone was oohing at, but can't actually grow outdoors, in The Time In Between garden
Proteas – the flower everyone was oohing at, but can’t actually grow outdoors, in The Time In Between garden

9) The ultimate upside down bouquet

And thats just one corridor
And thats just one corridor

10) The moment everyone loved Lupin Masterpiece again

Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden
Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden

11) … And when they presented Dahlias flowering months earlier than they should

The Pillars of Mexico by the National Dahlia Society was preeeetty incredible - and made me feel slightly less bonkers as we have many of the same plants
The Pillars of Mexico by the National Dahlia Society was preeeetty incredible – and made me feel slightly less bonkers as we have many of the same plants

12) Japan

Bonsai, Acers, mosses - what's not to love
Bonsai, Acers, mosses – what’s not to love (spot the cat)

13) A giant wicker thing

Forget the wicker, check out the shady border
Forget the wicker, check out the shady border

14) The shed we all want

The Trug Workshop
The Trug Workshop

15) Smelling the South of France

The Perfumer's Garden looked and smelt like the South of France.
The Perfumer’s Garden looked and smelt like the South of France.
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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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