Design & Decor - Design Ideas

10 hot trends from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Tara Nolan
Photography by
Virginia MacDonald
Issue 11010001

This article appeared in January 2011 issue

From a circle motif to orchestrating the light and shadows, adapt these ideas to your space


3. Circle motifs
“We used round shapes throughout the garden as a simple, pure representation of enlightenment,” says Robert. Potted boxwoods echo the theme and help soften the sharp angles of the pergola.

4. Hedging beds
Blocks of boxwood were planted in beds off-site and moved into place, “set at different heights to form an abstract composition,” says Robert. Peonies, irises and geraniums spring up among the blocks to provide a dash of colour. Small manicured box­woods are a great way to add depth to a balcony or small patio.

5. A study in contrast
The cloister and pergola consist of a painted steel frame with timber slats painted black, allowing a fluctuating amount of light and shadow to touch the garden. “I wanted to create a dynamic contrast between the architectural structures and the naturalistic elements of the planting,” adds Robert.

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