• Daring to be Different

    21st May 2014GeneralStephanie Donaldson

    I’m not surprised that the Laurent Perrier Garden won Best in Show at Chelsea – in amongst all the lovely but rather samey planting schemes in shades of pink, purple and blue, it lifted the spirit to see a garden of creams, yellows and greens with just touches of blue. The yellow lupins were totally gorgeous and had me longing to grow some, although I suspect that the combination of my light sandy soil and those horrible lupin aphids would produce less felicitous results. The shaggy solidity of the topiary beech provided a pleasing contrast with the blocks of naturalistic planting. I loved the sense of calm in this garden and clearly the judges were equally smitten. A beautiful design enhanced by planting perfection. subtle yellow lupins in mixed border at Chelsea 2014 shaggy solidity of the topiary beech wooden sculpture on the Laurent Perrier Garden at Chelsea 2014