Chelsea Trend: Subtle Combinations

Bold is not always best, as demonstrated this year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Many of the designers went lower key with their planting and materials, favouring softer colour combinations and more naturalistic planting. Even sculptures and water features were less imposing and blended a bit more harmoniously with their surroundings.

Sculpture in The Wedgwood Garden against rusty metal wall. Design: Jo Thompson. Sponsor: Wedgwood - © GAP Photos

Sculpture in The Wedgwood Garden against rusty metal wall. Design: Jo Thompson. Sponsor: Wedgwood – © GAP Photos

In the Wedgwood Garden, designed by Jo Thompson, a contemporary Corten steel sculpture is softened by lush soft planting of Euphorbia mellifera and Osmunda regalis.

The Morgan Stanley Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 - © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

The Morgan Stanley Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 – © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

The colour palette in The Morgan Stanley Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, is rich but subtle, with bronze, yellow and purple among the green. While it keeps the style low-key, combined with the modern hard-landscaping and established shrubs and trees, the garden feels sophisticated.

RHS Garden Bridgewater Display supported By British Tourist Association - Design: Tom Stuart-Smith at Chelsea Flower Show 2019 - © GAP Photos

RHS Garden Bridgewater Display supported By British Tourist Association – Design: Tom Stuart-Smith at Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – © GAP Photos

Laying different foliage plants with the delicate flowers of Tiarellas creates a soft visual display.