This week we visited the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, as always blessed with bright summer sunshine and filled with gardens flaunting colourful summer blooms. Discover our round-up of Show highlights, below.
Winning the coveted title Best Show Garden, plus Best Construction and a Gold Medal, the stylish B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden celebrates the return of beloved busy lizzies following a six-year absence, as a result of impatiens downy mildew disease. Designed by Matthew Childs.
The Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’ Garden is ablaze with summer splendour. Designed by Alan Rudden, it features plants which thrive in Chile’s arid climate, including the fabulous Yucca rostrata ‘Blue Swan’ taking centre stage. Winner of a Gold Medal, plus Best World Garden.
This family and wildlife-friendly garden designed by Lilly Gomm combines native hedging with flowering plants such as catmint, honesty and ox-eye daisies. Bug hotels and hanging bird feeders invite garden creatures, while seating and play areas provide a multifunctional space for the family.
Parallel to the Long Water lies the mass planting of Verbena bonariensis, humming with bees and other pollinators.
This stunning and sensory exhibit has enthralled Show visitors, with one overheard exclaiming that it feels like being ‘trapped inside a giant jewellery box’. Designed by Alex Rainford-Roberts, who champions the magic of meadows in her garden Apeiron: The Dibond Garden.
Celebrating BBC Countryfile’s 30th anniversary, Ann Marie Powell’s Wildlife Garden takes inspiration from the various landscapes of the British Isles, including the Scottish Highlands, and the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.
Idyllic scenes at the @BBCCountryfile Wildlife Garden, celebrating its 30th anniversary - happy birthday #Countryfile! 🎉 Designer @AnnMariePowell has taken inspiration from the various landscapes treasured in the British Isles #RHSHampton pic.twitter.com/2KiWA1M6A7— Gardeners' World Mag (@GWmag) July 2, 2018