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Finding some Chelsea magic

The RHS Chelsea Flower show may have gone digital this year, but it’s still a great place to gather inspiration for your own garden project however large or small. Once inspired, how do you bring a little Chelsea magic to your outdoor space?

The main ethos of our Landscape Design team is to create moments and memories in every garden we design.  It’s not just about being wonderful to look at but also how a garden makes you feel that’s so important in creating an outdoor space. Which is why Chelsea gardens are so successful.

When embarking on any garden project, the most important place to start is with a comprehensive brief.  We’ll spend time getting to know you and the space, your style and colour preferences and how you want to use the garden.

The key to a successful design is in the planning and the arrangement of space, introducing strong focal points that create a journey and planting that creates atmosphere and a personality unique to you. It needs to work with the surroundings and the architecture too, creating a seamless link from inside to outside.

Then as they say, ‘the devil is in the detail’.   This idea is illustrated beautifully by Jo Thompson’s Chelsea garden 2019 (above) and Mark Gregory whose 2018 Chelsea Garden ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, which has just been awarded the ‘People’s Choice of the Decade’ (below). Bringing the essence of Yorkshire to London shows how important the detail is in achieving the desired effect. It also reflects a trend we’ve seen towards more naturalistic garden design with a focus on biodiversity.

The materials, shape and flow of a garden provide the foundation of a great garden design but of course it’s the plants that really bring a garden to life and create the atmosphere together with subtle lighting.

Everyone has a very personal taste in plants and we’ll work with you to understand your preferences and translate them into a beautiful planting scheme unique to you.

Two very different plants that are always heavily featured at Chelsea are the architectural allium, shown above, and the elegant foxglove, another of the nation’s favourites.  How each associates with the plants around them will create a different effect which is why we find creating gardens such an enjoyable challenge.

Whether you’re embarking on a new build or extension and need a garden design to extend your outdoor living space, or have finished the hard landscaping and need to transform the area with planting, we can work with you to create your own little piece of Chelsea Magic.


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