I was lucky enough to visit the RHS show at Malvern recently at the Three Counties Showground and what a joy it was to see such creative gardens.
There were crumbling old boat houses, woodcutter retreats, a burial ground and even a house leek dalek! It’s a pleasure to be able to enjoy everything without the crush of the London crowds and with the beautiful backdrop of the Malvern Hills.
There was a Tour de France theme that carried through quite a few of the gardens, each representing different stages of the race. The most remarkable gate I have ever seen, made of wheels and bike chains, provided the perfect finishing touch to a lovely blue and yellow alpine garden.
What I love about these shows is not only the inspirational garden layouts but also the planting and colour combinations.
Three gardens really stood out and one was ‘Reposer Vos Rouse’, a rustic cafe where cyclists could rest, set in the south of France. Every element caught the French character, from the chequered tableclothes, the old Citron and the Mediterranean herbs.
‘East Meets West’ was a spectacular landscape. It was lush and inviting with a good mix of plants from all around the world, which I think is synonymous with British gardens, where very little is actually native.
Finally ‘Room for a View’. An intriguing sculptured spiral staircase drew you into this garden. I believe it was inspired by the wonderful Cornish Trebah Garden. The stonework, creating natural cascading waterfalls, was amazing and the foliage fulfilled the whole Jurassic jungle feel I felt at Trebah.
If this has whet your appetite there is more about these on my blog, on the Preston Bissett Nurseries website. Peter’s next talk at Preston Bissett Nurseries in June, How to Create Colour in Your Garden should give you ideas.