Lessons from Chelsea Flower Show 

June 12th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Lessons from Chelsea Flower Show 

Can you use any lessons from Chelsea Flower Show in your Loughton, Chigwell or Woodford garden? If you are more of a fan of the indoor plant you will be glad to see the continued rise of the houseplant this year. The displays of cacti, succulents and orchids in the Great Pavilion were as ever stunning and proof of the staying power of the houseplant.

Some cacti even have their own Twitter and Instagram accounts they are so popular like Popsy the Cactus from Craig House Cacti.  Chelsea showcased a great collaboration between Ikea and Indoor Garden Design offering clever ways to display plants indoors. There were a whole host of space-saving hanging planters to look out for as well as planters on pegboards. 

You’ll see houseplants creeping into other show gardens.  The Pearlfisher garden, by John Warland and the Pearlfisher team, was very popular at Chelsea. It used succulents and other houseplants to make its garden which also sought to highlights the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Pearlfisher garden cleverly used echeverias, kalanchoes, sedums, crassulas and the like to mimic an underwater scene, while communicating its message. The key to success for growing succulents is a very free-draining growing medium. Make sure you use cactus and succulent compost, and pots with plenty of holes in the bottom. Cactus and succulents also like to be in the sunniest spot you can find in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford garden.

If you are not a fan of summer bedding but you want bigger leaves that most succulents offer for your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford garden look for other sources of foliage. There was lots of big and bold foliage in Tom Stuart-Smith’s Weston garden Stuart Towner’s Spirit of Cornwall garden. For many is a “masterclass in combining different shapes and textures to create a big-leaved border, using the palmate-leaved false castor oil plant (Fatsia japonica), the pleated leaves of Rodgersias and the huge corrugated leaves of Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera Manicata).”