The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017: why to attend and what to look out for

If you’re into your horticulture, then you’re probably as excited as we are that it’s finally time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!

Held for the first time in 1912, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now the world’s most prestigious and inspiring flower show. Showcasing the very best in gardening, some highlights to look out for this year include the 2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, which will be set in an urban context to celebrate the benefits of plants in all gardens, as well as Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle.

Featured in the Fresh Garden, this exhibit will feature an active volcano and beautiful tropical planting.

For PHS Greenleaf, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of our favourite events, and we can’t wait to see the displays and get inspired this year!

PHS Greenleaf’s Amanda Catley, who has attended many of the shows over the years, says: “it really does have something for everyone. Keen amateurs and professionals alike can’t help but feel inspired. Stepping into that Floral Marquee, I am like a child in a sweetie shop!”

“There are plants from every corner of the world in beautiful displays, and these showcase the talent of each individual grower. From exotic, show off Orchids, to towering, shady tree ferns, sinister looking carnivorous plants, to tiny and delicate Alpines; the sights, smells and colours assault your senses and there is always something new to see.”

To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, here are our favourite gardens and planting displays, the designers to watch, and some of the main trends from this year’s show so far…

Which garden or exhibition was our favourite and why?

There are so many beautiful displays this year that it’s been difficult to choose a favourite! However, we were delighted by the return of the Easigrass giant animals, as well as being very impressed by the idyllic ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ show garden by Tracey Foster.

Inspired by the Yorkshire coastline, Foster’s garden ties the sea and green farmland together in perfect harmony with its inclusion of colourful wildflowers and tumbling chalk boulders.

Tracey Foster's Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Tracey Foster’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 (source)

Another standout from the show is the M&S ‘Spirit of Summer – a Mediterranean Journey’ exhibition. Featuring over 16,000 flowers in complimentary shades of purple, pink and yellow, this floral fountain puts a colourful spin on a classic garden feature!

Who do we think has really stood out from the up-and-coming designers?

Out of those making their debut at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, Manoj Malde was one designer that really stood out for us with his colourful display, Inland Homes Plc: Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden.

Having spent 18 years in the fashion industry before training to become a garden designer, Malde has a great eye for colour, and this clearly be seen in his show garden. Featuring warm shades of pink and orange as a backdrop to Mediterranean plants, the garden is inspired by Mexican Modernist architect, Luis Barragan, and has a very structural feel.

As RHS explains, every part of this garden has been carefully considered, with drought-tolerant plants being featured, as well as a copper wire sculpture to reference Barragan’s love of horses!

Manoj Malde's Inland Homes Plc Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Manoj Malde’s Inland Homes Plc Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 (source)

What are the main trends this year?

So far, we’ve seen an emphasis on deep contrasting colours, such as purple, fuchsia, and orange. This has added a very ‘Mediterranean feel’ to many of the displays, and is a bold move away from the more traditional mix of pinks and yellow flowers that we are often used to seeing.

This is a trend we’d love to see continue into 2018!