Instant Chelsea with an inspired plant collection
Recreate the magic of Chelsea in your own garden with our planting tips and suggestions!
The mood: Soft planting with a formal edge and grasses weaving in among the plants.
Key colours: Moody mauves and shades of blue, pink and silver were recurring themes in many of the show gardens.
Must have Chelsea plants: Include species Irises, Grasses, Hardy Geraniums, Salvias, Roses, Aquilegias, Anthriscus, Peonies, fruit trees and formal evergreens.
Unwins ‘Instant Chelsea Garden’ planting list;
-Stipa tenuissima x3, Iris setosa canadensis x3,
-Salvia nemerosa ‘Ostfriesland’x1, Salvia Amistad x1
-Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’x1, Rosa ‘Iceberg’x1
Follow these easy steps to a successful designer display
Site: Improve the soil before planting if necessary and dig over to remove weeds. These plants will also do well in a deep raised bed.
If you only have a small space these plants can all be planted in containers- they’ll get too big for the container after a year or two but they can then be transplanted into open ground or into larger containers.
Planting tips: Plant the rose at the back of the plot and the hardy geranium in front of it. Hardy geraniums will add a swirl of leaves and blue flowers around the rose’s bare legs as the plants grow. Iceberg is one of the best garden roses with a long flowering season, it’s often still in bloom well into December if you deadhead regularly.
Add the salvias one either side or in a staggered line; they’ll make sturdy clumps of scented leaves and tall spikes of dark purple (Amistad) and blue (Ostfriesland) flowers. Interplant with the grasses for an informal partnering that is bang on trend and utterly enchanting!
Double up with the quantities if you want to ‘repeat plant’, this is also sometimes called wallpaper planting because it has a definite repeated pattern that adds a great rhythm to the border. The more grasses you weave through the scheme the more modern it looks, but you can also plant them in a row for a more formal style...
Spacing: Leave at least 20 cms between the salvias, geranium and rose. Space grasses at least 10cm apart. Plants will come back every year and can be divided or moved as they mature.