Mixing numerous foliage plants to create texture and understated interest has been popular at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The style lends itself well to woodland planting, and shady areas, where colourful flowering perennials might struggle to thrive. Grasses, ferns, hostas and perennials such as Rodgersia and Thalictrum are all great examples of plants which offer interesting texture. Combining them often creates a relaxed and sometimes even exotic style.
In the gold medal-winning garden, The M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, the varied textures of ferns and other foliage plants are brought to life by a heavy backdrop of blackened timber.
Here, the differing textures of ferns and other foliage plants add interest and useful ground cover around these large boulders, in the Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle.
Although predominantly green, this woodland RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies and Adam White, still looks magical, as the different shapes and textures of the plant’s foliage play against each other in the dappled sunlight.