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Chelsea, more show gardens

From the immaculate Chelsea Barracks Garden

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to the geometric retreat of the Husqvarna Gardenx1

with that interesting shrub in the foreground, which I was disappointed to discover will not grow in this country. The garden is a replica of one in Melbourne, Australia.

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The soft underplanting however was made up of European perennials

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I noticed quite a lot of angelica in the planting this year, I planted one in my garden last year, but it is yet to show. It is a nice compliment to the ever present alliums popping up in so many of the gardens at Chelsea. I saw on the BBC coverage that at night this garden had up-lights beneath the clipped trees and LEDs set within the hedges, in a well-spaced row half way up the hedge – it looked magical.

In almost direct contrast…

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the bonkers kaleidoscope of colour and planting that was the Greening Grey Britain garden.

I LOVED it and the concept behind it. It was hard to take it all in – there were about 10 gardens in one, just look at this Plant List.

Then go to this link to see a really heartwarming video about the garden and its future.

Growing things on roofs is the way forward!

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Look at those orchids, amazing.

For even more craziness you can always rely on the showmanship of Diarmuid Gavin and his Harrods British Eccentrics Garden with another massive plant list.

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The planting was a fulsome riot of colour, the bay trees twirled, the box balls rose and fell, the border round the house travelled round, the roof went up along with the window boxes. I can’t say I liked it but for novelty value it could not be beaten.

I did like the little ballerina roses (at the top left of the picture below) spilling over the edges and wonder if I could recreate that in my front border, but Ballerina roses are climbers and grow to 5′ or more, so would they work in that situation? Any thoughts?

Could they be kept small? or is there a suitable substitute?

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I’m really loving sharing my day at Chelsea with you ¬†– next up the smaller gardens – now I’m off to do some more weeding – hope you are having a glorious weekend!

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