Top 5 Trends From RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Here's our take on the key themes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and how you can recreate these looks in your own garden.

1. Colour Pops

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Here at Dobbies we love adding colour to our gardens, pots and hanging baskets so we were pleased to see a rainbow of colour at the RHS Chelsea Flower show. The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden, designed by Sarah Raven, encompasses this colour pop theme beautifully from soft pastels to rich greenery. Sarah focussed on cutting plants and interweaving these with a variety of textures to create stunning flower beds and a diverse garden. If you love coming home to a bright and bold garden packed full of flowers, then this theme is the one for you.

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To recreate this theme in your own garden we recommend:

  • Sweet Peas
  • Lupin
  • Poppies
  • Alliums
  • Cosmos

Take a look at our garden design tips and ideas now for more inspiration.

2. Texture

The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden does exactly what it says on the tin – combining intricate textures to create a garden that you’ll love to explore and touch time and time again. Designed by Matt Keightley, it makes use of every space and surface with vertical planting, Pinus mugo, moss walls and polished concrete path to produce striking contrasts within one space. If you love a rich, green look with well-maintained hedging and topiaries, then this is the theme for you.

To recreate this theme in your own garden we recommend:

  • Ferns
  • Assorted foliage
  • Buxus
  • A contrasting water feature

Read our guide on how to use buxus in your garden for more ideas.

3. Feel Good Gardening

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The idea of enjoying some ‘me time’ and looking after your own well-being is evident in a number of the gardens we saw at Chelsea this year. From the Jo Whiley Scent Garden to Ian Price’s Mind Trap Garden, the concept of gardening to improve your mood was highlighted through a number of displays. We discovered an array of aromas walking through the Jo Whiley Scent Garden from fresh fennel to even baled haylage. With the assistance of Jo Malone, the British fragrance designer, it was hoped that the scents used would calm the garden’s visitors and unlock happy memories associated with these gardening scents. If you love fresh scents and spending time relaxing in your garden then this is the theme for you.

To recreate this theme in your own garden we recommend:

  • Lavender
  • Fennel
  • Basil
  • Jasmine


Read our guide on growing and using lavender to make the most out of your scent garden.

4. Grow your own

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Getting your five-a-day has never been so important and there’s no need to rely on the supermarket, as demonstrated by this year’s Chris Evans Taste Garden. Jon Wheatley who designed the garden, taking his inspiration from Mary Berry, shows that you can grow your own tasty produce no matter what size of garden you have. This means you’ll always have nutritious British home grown produce at the foot of your door. So if you’re a foodie looking to get creative in the kitchen or if you’d just like to improve your health and well-being, then this is the garden theme for you. Whether you’ve got acres of land, a small patch or even just a hanging basket and some pots, give growing your own a go this year.

To recreate this theme in your own garden we recommend:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Chilli peppers 

Explore our growing guides now and visit us in-store for everything you’ll need.

5. Urban Gardening

We noticed a huge trend in urban gardening throughout a number of gardens. Walls, chairs, tables and roofs were adorned with succulent planting, while houseplants appeared in greenhouses and indoor planting displays. This theme of ‘urban gardening’ demonstrates that gardening is accessible to everyone, no matter what size of space you have. You can even take gardening indoors with beautiful houseplant displays, cacti and succulent arrangements. If you prefer a stylish garden or home with minimal maintenance then this is the theme for you.

To recreate this theme in your own garden or home we recommend:

  • Orchids
  • Succulents
  • Cacti
  • Ferns

Watch our video to see how to look after your orchids for a healthy plant that’ll keep on blooming.