Chelsea in Autumn
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'Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower' - Albert Camus
The Chelsea Flower show is a huge milestone event in every gardener's year. After the slightly restrained Virtual Chelsea Flower Show of 2020, this year's show, with its rescheduled autumn date, revelled in the gorgeous glow of late September sunshine.
The deferred scheduling created a very different landscape, an event notorious for boasting the joys of spring gardening instead showcased perennials and shrubs epitomising the magnificence of autumnal gardens. This year, Chelsea certainly shone with a gentler explosion of rich, burnished colours.
The imaginations of designers really stood out as they embraced the challenges imposed by the unusual later date to create truly awe-inspiring autumn gardens that we think were a particularly refreshing change.
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Loose, prairie planting stood out in the NHS Tribute Garden 'Finding Our Way' (silver medal) which offered a sea of ornamental grasses wafting in the breeze. We particularly love Pennisetum Rubrum, Pennisetum Fireworks and Panicum Oxblood Autumn.
Hot planting schemes sizzle in the bronze rays of the low autumn sun. The Blue Diamond Forge Garden won a silver with their hot design. Particularly effective, swaying amongst a stream of brilliantly coloured perennials, Crocosmia and Helenium add shimmering, golden colour that beautifully mimics the sun's rays.