Creating a Chelsea-style planting scheme in your own garden is easier than you might think. The key is to choose early-summer flowering varieties and plant them close together in beds and borders, and (most importantly) to start them off on time. In this post, discover some of the best summer bulbs and plants to choose to create the Chelsea Flower Show look, plus some top tips on what maintenance jobs you can do to prepare your garden this spring.
Double-flowered begonias are fantastic container plants that will bring a real zing of colour to your garden whether it’s big or small. Providing twice the flower power of a single variety, the big, bold blooms of double begonias are one of the absolute ‘must-haves’ in any summer container display. Long-flowering and very reliable, they provide high-impact colour that will reward you for months with very little fuss.
Crocosmias are low-maintenance and reliable. They’re fully hardy, so once planted you can leave them virtually to their own devices and they’ll reward you with a repeat display year after year, gradually forming a larger, more impressive clump each time. Plant them in sun or partial shade among other flowering plants for a traditional, cottage-garden effect, or with bold foliage plants to create a tropical or contemporary look.
White flowers are essential for adding highlights in any garden or mixed border, they also help to bring out the rich colours of surrounding plants. But in recent years the idea of an entirely white garden has become increasingly popular. Not only are white flowers individually beautiful, but when planted ‘en-masse’ they create a very fresh and relaxing feel.