Hampton Court Flower Show 2021
The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was back with a vengeance this year! The show was very much centred on community gardening and encouraging beginners, with a new category, Get Started Gardens, for first time designers. Star plants this year were Eryngiums, Leucanthemums, Achillea, Alliums and Lupins, with Dianthus seemingly everywhere and Salvia continuing its upward trend. We’ve curated this collection of Hampton Court favourites so you can get the look of the UK’s most stylish gardens at home. Click for inspiration from the pick of the show.
Best Show Garden: The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden
This garden, designed by Tom Simpson, won Best Show Garden, the Gold medal and the People’s Choice Award. Based on the infinity symbol, its centrepiece is a serene curved wooden boardwalk enhanced by a meandering water feature. Cool birch trees provide shade to sit and reflect, while purple Salvia and pink Echinacea rise from lush green grasses in the colourful meadow-style planting scheme.
Best Lifestyle Garden: A Place to Meet Again
The theme of this Silver-Gilt medal winning garden is upcycling, and it features re-used scaffold boards, water tanks and brass taps. The simple green and white planting scheme promotes a feeling of calm and is easy to replicate at home. We particularly loved the planting at different levels throughout the garden, with tall Agapanthus emerging from Achillea and Gaura, and the underplanting of low-growing Hosta, Astrantia and Heuchera beneath the shade of a glorious Silver Birch.
Stars of the Show
Other gardens which made a big impact were the Scandinavian inspired Friluftsliv (open air living) Garden planted with Rudbeckia, Gaura and Astrantia, and the RHS No Dig Demonstration Allotment, which reflected the massive increase in grow-your-own culture which has flourished during the pandemic and showcased the best in fruit and vegetables. In the Floral Marquee, trending plants included Heuchera and Penstemon, with a real buzz around new varieties of Peonies.
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