Chelsea Trend: Naturalistic Planting

It is not often that weeds are looked upon with so much admiration, but at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, naturalised planting schemes were celebrated for their natural beauty. For as much as we weed and cut back, allowing some areas to naturalise and go wild can often yield even better results than expected, as native and cultivated species grow together to create their own balance and order.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, view of the  planting by the lock which includes Digitalis purpurea, Camassia leichtlinii subsp Caerulea, Daucus carota -Designer: Mark Gregory - Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire - © GAP Photos/Annaick Guitteny

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, view of the planting by the lock which includes Digitalis purpurea, Camassia leichtlinii subsp Caerulea, Daucus carota -Designer: Mark Gregory – Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire – © GAP Photos/Annaick Guitteny

The planting style in The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark Gregory, emphasises the beauty of established naturalised species, including foxgloves, Camassia and wild carrot.

The Savills and David Harber Garden. Designed by Andrew Duff, Sponsored by David Harber Savills, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 - © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

The Savills and David Harber Garden. Designed by Andrew Duff, Sponsored by David Harber Savills, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 – © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

The Savills and David Harber Garden, designed by Andrew Duff, uses a naturalistic planting style to compliment the woodland setting. Here the planting style, along with the shade of the trees and use of calm water, just adds to the peaceful atmosphere.

Canal lock and lock keeper's cottage with native flora including red campion and willow, The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, Design: Mark Gregory, Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire, Gold Medal Winner - © GAP Photos/Andrea Jones

Canal lock and lock keeper’s cottage with native flora including red campion and willow, The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, Design: Mark Gregory, Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire, Gold Medal Winner – © GAP Photos/Andrea Jones

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark Gregory won a gold medal, and provides a very natural representation of the Yorkshire Dales.