Native plants and pink big themes at Chelsea

A number of gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show are using native British plants - and pink is also a theme, according to the RHS.

Welcome to Yorkshire's garden, Le Jardin de Yorkshire will use British native plants such as Lychnis flos-cuculi (ragged robin), Dactylorhiza fuchsii (common spotted orchid) and Geum rivale (water avens).

Its colour palette is predominantly based around those plants that would naturally occur in the wild with greens providing a backdrop for florals in a range of whites, yellows, pinks and purples.

Also, the NSPCC garden - What will we leave? Garden of Magical Childhood – will have a cherry tree as a centre point for native wildflowers including Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse), Silene dioica (red campion) and Humulus lupulus (hop) paired with a few colourful perennials.

The Motor Neurone Disease - Hebridean Weaver's Garden has also incorporated Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse), Silene dioica (red campion) and Humulus lupulus (hop) amongst other natives within their planting. Designers Jackie Setchfield and Martin Anderson are working with growers, British Wild Flower Plants.

Many other gardens are using floral selections mixed with airy grasses and frothy umbels. Pink is this year's colour of choice, showcased through plants such as Dactylorhiza, Armeria maritima and Geranium Sanguibneum.

Rhododendrons will feature in Delancy's East Village Garden and Kate Gould's The Wasteland, while Digitalis Purpurea and Anthriscus Sylvestris also both feature in this year's show.


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