• A Rhododendron Revival

    26th May 2012GeneralStephanie Donaldson

    rhodedendrons in chris beardshaw's garden at chelsea

    Chris Beardshaw very bravely decided to risk bringing back rhodos to Chelsea despite their being much out of fashion in recent years.  I must confess to being prejudiced against them – too large and lumpy and dark green when not in flower, too garish when in flower – except in their native habitats.  However, the garden he created shows how much nicer they are when used amongst other plants and with a bit of colour restraint. Based on Furzey Gardens in the New Forest,  it has a real period feel and could easily have appeared in the pages of Country Life in the early part of the 20th century.