Chelsea Trend: Use of water

This year many of the show gardens included water, with a mixture of naturalistic ponds, contemporary pools and water features, showcasing the wide range of ways water can be used in a garden. Incorporating water in gardens has numerous benefits. Ponds are a haven for wildlife and the sound and sight of running water has a calming effect on people. It is also a feature that can be widely adapted to suit the style of the garden, from country cottage to modern and formal.

 

The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. View of the bright red brige and water fall over a stream. Design: Jonathan Snow. Sponsor: Trailfinders - © GAP Photos

The Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. View of the bright red brige and water fall over a stream. Design: Jonathan Snow. Sponsor: Trailfinders – © GAP Photos

The Trail Finders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden, designed by Jonathan Snow, featured a full cascading waterfall, which could be admired at close proximity via a dramatic red walkway, giving the viewer a really immersive experience.

 

The Kampo No Niwa Garden, view of wood pergola with wooden table and bench seats and cushions, stone patio with water feature rill, dry stone wall with waterfall – Designer: Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miko Sato- Sponsor: Kampo No Niwa 300 sponsors. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 - © GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

The Kampo No Niwa Garden, view of wood pergola with wooden table and bench seats and cushions, stone patio with water feature rill, dry stone wall with waterfall – Designer: Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miko Sato- Sponsor: Kampo No Niwa 300 sponsors. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – © GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

Designers Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato used a subtler method to include water in the design, with naturalistic pools and low narrow rills, in the Kampo no Niwa garden.

 

David Harbers bronze sculpture in The Savills and David Harber Garden. Designed by Andrew Duff, Sponsored by David Harber Savills, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 - © GAP Photos/Annaick Guitteny

David Harbers bronze sculpture in The Savills and David Harber Garden. Designed by Andrew Duff, Sponsored by David Harber Savills, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 – © GAP Photos/Annaick Guitteny

In the Savills and David Harber Garden, designer Andrew Duff incorporated a large, contemporary sculpture rising from a calm pool, which complimented the subtle planting and helped to create a serene feeling.