The Real Gardeners Shows Have Begun
I was lucky enough to visit the RHS show at Malvern last week at the Three Counties Show Ground and what a joy it was to see such creative gardens. There were crumbling old boat houses, wood cutter retreats, a burial ground and even a house leek dalek! The standard was as high as Chelsea and the planting combinations were excellent. It's a pleasure to be able to enjoy everything without the crush of the London crowds and the with the beautiful backdrop of the Malvern Hills.
If you didn’t catch Fridays coverage on Gardeners World it will still be on the iPlayer.
There was a Tour de France theme that carried through quite a few of the gardens. Each representing different stages of the race. The most remarkable gate I have ever seen, made of wheels and bike chains, provided the perfect finishing touch to a lovely blue and yellow alpine garden. This was ‘Cyclo Tourisme Velocio’
What I love about these shows is not only the inspirational garden layouts but also the planting and colour combinations - it's all about ideas. We want to know what plants and colours really work well together. Blue and orange are striking, white is quite serene and my new favourite orange and purple is rich and warm.
Three gardens really stood out and one was ‘Reposer Vos Rouse’ a rustic cafe where cyclist could rest, set in the south of France. Every element catches the French character from the chequered table clothes, the old Citron and the Mediterranean herbs planted in old enamel containers.
‘East Meets West’ was a spectacular landscape. It was lush and inviting with a good mix of plants from all around the world, which I think is synonymous with British gardens, where very little is actually native. I love Acer Palmatum planted close to water and natural stone. It was a very colourful garden brought to life by foliage more than blooms. This garden would looks good whether plants were in flower or not. Paths wound gracefully around the landscape and it fitted like a glove into the rolling Malvern Hills and established trees.
Finally ‘Room for a View’. An intriguing sculptured spiral staircase drew you into this garden. I believe it was inspired by the wonderful Cornish Trebah Garden. The stonework creating natural cascading waterfalls was amazing and the foliage which included gunnera and large architectural tree ferns fulfilled the whole Durasic jungle feel I felt at Trebah, which has to be in one of the top three gardens in Britain.
If this has wet your appetite there is more about these and the children’s themed gardens on my blog accessible from Preston Bissett Nurseries website.Take a Peak