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Uplifting, vivid and colourful – a bright, bold RHS

Chelsea Flower Show
by RHS
May 9, 2010

After a spate of green and blue RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, 2010 is set to be a riot of colour, with vibrant blooms and luxuriant planting a key theme at the world’s most famous gardening event.

Across the RHS Chelsea Flower Show there are bright colourful boarders, rich planting plans and a wealth of horticultural highlights to make you smile. Here are some of the feel good factors:

The Welcome to Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Crumble and Custard Garden features a mouth watering bowl of rhubarb and crumble, with a dry stone wall crumble. The red rhubarb and yellow ‘custard drizzle’ contrasts with foliage and blue, purple, pink and white flowers, with highlights provided by striking alliums and brassicas.

Staying in the UK, The M&G Garden by Roger Platts is quintessentially British with lush planting including rambling roses, lavender, foxgloves and myrtle. Roger is famous for his planting and the borders in this show garden, abundant with traditional British plants, are set to be a big crowd pleaser.

Providing a colourful, rich Provencal experience, The L’Occitane Garden will engage scents, colours and textures using lavender, peonies and verbena, whilst the ‘Enlightenment’ theme in the Cancer Research UK Garden sees Robert Myers using bright planting with a scattering of clipped evergreen cubes set within drifts of yellow, blue and purple flowers and foliage.

The planting in The Victorian Aviary Garden, by Philippa Pearson and Jonathan Denby, is modern and colourful in a contemporary mix, and will appeal to bird lovers and gardeners alike. Square boarders, set in a lawn, will be filled with a tapestry of colourful perennials and grasses, to create a ‘jewel’ style planting effect.

The Ace of Diamonds garden also promises to be a glittering affair, featuring plants with names from the world of jewellery. In this urban garden diamond-shaped stepping stones will lead in to a diamond-shaped patio.

A courtyard garden with a fashion theme, Christian before Dior, will use the pink and grey colour scheme favoured by Dior, broken with delicate whites and soft mauves. The theme is also evocative of the flowers and perfumes adored by Dior; jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley, peonies, honeysuckle and scented roses.

The Great Pavilion will again provide an explosion of scents, colours and sights, with thousands of perfect blooms. Broadleigh Gardens will display spring and summer flower bulbs, including dwarf daffodils, species tulips and grape hyacinths in a garden setting. Visitors will also be the first to see a new vibrant orange lily named after Lily Allen* at the HW Hyde & Son exhibit. With over 100 displays, The Great Pavilion is often a favourite experience at the show, giving everyone something to smile about.

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