What the RHS Flower Shows tell us about garden design trends

Highlights of the gardening and landscaping year, the RHS Flower Show Chelsea and Hampton Court can always be relied upon to reveal exciting trends in garden and landscape design, which go on to be used and adapted by professional landscapers for their clients and keen amateur gardeners alike.

Garden design trends

Vibrant shades of orange, red, pink and yellow joined nature in all its wild beauty at the RHS flower shows this year, setting a stunning precedent for gardens across the world. At RHS Chelsea the ‘BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens’, which indulged the senses with sights, scents, sounds, flavours and textures, was a popular highlight.

Water was a common feature of the RHS show gardens this year, sparking a huge trend for water features in garden design.

The shows also demonstrated how, in recent years, the precious commodity of space has led to the garden becoming an extension of the home, providing an extra place to entertain, relax and unwind. This trend has itself has brought about a demand for landscaping materials to create weed-free and well-maintained borders, lush patches of green, soft planting schemes, all of which are accompanied by accents of steel and stone, bright colours and areas of timber, paving or decking.

From inspiration to installation

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show many of the show gardens took on a wild look, but the garden-gone-wild effect takes as much planning and preparation as those with a more structured design. Gardens with the wild look need to be designed and constructed carefully to achieve the end result desired – where wild does not mean overrun with weeds.

This makes ground preparation and the use of specialist landscaping materials for weed suppression and ground control essential.

The key to choosing the right geotextile fabric is to specify the results you want to achieve and assess the ground conditions you are working with. Growtivation’s range of landscaping materials are all effective at keeping the weeds at bay, aiding ground stabilisation, filtration, drainage or any combination of the above, but it is when they’re used in specific areas of the garden that they really come into their own.

Weedtex is a great membrane for garden borders and under decking because it allows fertilisers, water and air to get through to the soil to maintain plant growth, but deprives the weeds of the daylight they need to thrive.

Like Weedtex, Landtex does the job of supressing weeds, but it is most effective in planted areas or under gravel, mulch or bark, because the material won’t fray if it needs to be cut through for planting.

Alternatively, if the angular stones, patios or crazy paving in the RHS shows really floated your client’s boat, then we would suggest Groundtex as the perfect heavy-duty woven geotextile fabric solution for both soft and hard landscaping schemes. Regardless of the shape or size of the project, this landscaping membrane will enable you to create a stable and level base for a pathway, driveway, patio or parking area.

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Our Product That Works landscaping materials are specifically designed to help landscapers and gardeners achieve the kind of results the RHS would be proud of.

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