Get that Chelsea look

Get that Chelsea look

What did you make of an autumn Chelsea? It definitely had a different vibe, and great to see plants like echinacea and rudbeckia – usually just background plants – having their moment in the autumn sun. Almost every garden seemed to benefit from their late summer colours.

In terms of the hard-landscaping, water was everywhere!  Most gardens – even the new smaller category ones – seem to have a trickle, a pond or a water feature in there. In the case of the Guangzhou China Garden, it seemed to be almost entirely water!

If you want to get the look, here is our pick of some of our favourite gardens and how we could help you reproduce their look.


Trailfinders 50th Anniversary Garden by Jonathan Snow – Gold medal

Winning his first Chelsea Gold, Jonathan managed to recreate the foothills of the Himalayas in west London. That lush green planting was created using a mix of hardier plants, such as persicaria and rhododendron, mixed with more tender ones, like colocasias and hedychiums.  And the whole site was under-pinned with rocky, flowing water.

If you want to create a similarly bolder-filled effect, why not try our Purbeck Rockery stone.

A creamy buff limestone, Purbeck is very durable and suitable for all types of garden rockeries or water features. Because of its size, Purbeck rock makes a bold statement when placed individually or in two's and three's. Sizes range from: 300mm - 500mm


The Florence Nightingale Garden by Robert Myers – Silver medal

We know that the Chelsea judges are hard (and the criteria for Gold was toughened this year) but we can’t help feeling that Robert may have been a little disappointed with his Silver medal.  We think it’s a beautiful garden (oh, that sculptural pergola!) but perhaps we’re a little biased; Florence Nightingale’s family home was in Hampshire, after all.

The dark grey setts Robert has used to offset the flowing green planting (and copper tones of the pergola) are very similar to our Black Limestone Setts. At 200mm x 100mm, they are versatile, hard-wearing and straight-forward to lay.


The M&G Garden by Hugo Bugg and Charlotte Harris – Gold Medal

Getting a Gold Medal for your first garden together is surely a notable achievement!  Originally planned for the (cancelled) May 2020 Chelsea, the garden was intended to demonstrate the importance of urban green spaces; 18 months on, who could have predicted the additional importance those spaces have had?

Imagining an industrial landscape, being reclaimed by nature, sadly we can’t offer you the flowing gold pipes that Charlotte and Hugo have used to weave water throughout their garden. However, their paving is a masterclass in the combination of both setts and pavers.  We’d recommend our Grey Sandstone (square) cobbles combined with our Kandla Paving to achieve a very similar look for your clients.


Container Garden – A Tranquil space in the city

Container gardens were a new category this year and a direct response to how so many of us garden today: either in smaller spaces or needing to be ‘portable’ with our plants.  Mika Misawa brought a real sense of Japanese serenity to this simple but tranquil space.  We love the single flowering plant that brings a pop of colour and focus to the centre.  We think it looks like an orange nerine variety but the advantage of that hole in the large rock it’s sitting in would be that you could slip a new plant pot in there every few weeks to keep the same feel, no matter the season.

And you wouldn’t want busy paving distracting from the simple colours and shapes of the pots and plants, so Mike went for simple, single-coloured gravel.  We’d recommend either our Cotswold Stone Chippings or Butterscotch, if you want a slightly warmer tone.


Chelsea garden 2021 images credit to the RHS website:

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Purbeck Rockery 300-500mm
Purbeck Rockery 300-500mm
A creamy buff limestone, Purbeck is very durable and suitable for all types of garden rockeries. Because of its large size, Purbeck rock makes a bold statement when placed individually or in two's and three's. Also very effective for dressing ponds. Sizes range from: 300mm - 500mm
£9.00 inc VAT
Limestone Setts Black 100x200mm
Limestone Setts Black 100x200mm
Limestone Setts. Size: 200x100mm
£0.99 inc VAT

Kandla Grey Sett 100x100mm
Kandla Grey Sett 100x100mm
Grey Sandstone Cobble 100x100x50mm
£0.99 inc VAT
Kandla Grey Sandstone Paving per mtr
Kandla Grey Sandstone Paving per mtr
Sandstone paving calibrated to a standard 22mm thickness. This is particularly beneficial as it ensures a uniform bed, easier cutting and lighter than hand cut sandstone paving. Random pack is made up of four different sized slabs. Patio pack Grey coverage: 21.06 sq.m
£42.99 inc VAT

Cotswold Stone Chippings Bulk BagCotswold Stone Chippings Bulk Bag
Cotswold Stone Chippings Bulk Bag
Cotswold Stone Chippings are pale cream, off white limestone angular chippings that are ideal for drives as they compact down to minimise spread. Other uses include planting areas and around water features. Size: 10-20mm Supplied in a Bulk Bag. Approximately 0.7 cubic m. bulk bag = 12-15 sq.m at 50mm depth
£91.99 inc VAT