Chelsea Flower Show garden designers explain what to expect for 2021

For the first time in its 106-year history, Chelsea Flower Show 2021 will be held in September, rather than during May. After a difficult few months, gardeners were resigned to a redesign and replant for their garden’s Autumn debut.

Many of the new designs will hold a thoughtful nod to the recent difficulties people have faced during the pandemic. We should expect not only show-stopping blooms, but also a tribute to the important role that nature and gardens have played for body and soul during a tough time.

Naomi Ferrett-Cohen’s NHS tribute garden is a celebration of care provided by staff during the Coronavirus pandemic; from doctors to porters. It features a beautiful hardwood canopy, rills, pools and planting, and offers an immersive experience.

"The difficulty was the planting because obviously, it’s at a different time of year. We’d normally have the spring green colors and had planned a lot of calming earthy tones, like roses in apricot, but this had to change.

"However, Chelsea can be a bit like that. You have to be flexible and learn to adapt. The biggest change will be that we will bring a lot more grasses to the mix such as Stipa Gigantea, Anemanthele lessoniana, Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’, Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’ and Dahlia ‘Thomas A.Edison’.

"The grasses add softness and movement to the scheme as these are much more in season for September. They’re also so tactile, and I want people to interact with the planting." 

Read the complete article at

Publication date:

Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here

Other news in this sector:

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber