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The new trends from the 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

This year's show gardens were full of color and championed the importance of sustainability.From the blend of historical literary inspiration with contemporary design excellence to the use of native plants, there has been an emphasis on sustainability and allowing nature to be itself at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

These are some of the key gardening trends to emerge from this year's event.

According to the chair of The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Andrew Duff, the main trend at this year's RHS Chelsea is sustainability."It's become the norm, and I don't see it as a passing trend. There is a lot of native planting of plants from the UK, which makes it more adaptive. These are like birch trees, native grasses and a big move away from lawns," said Duff.

"People are more conscious of climate change. We will get a lot more rain as well as increased temperatures, which broadens the level of planting that's being celebrated.The way people are using their gardens has changed, mainly due to the pandemic," Duff said.

"They are enjoying planting again and want to be outside, nurture a living thing in their garden and see how they can plant their own food and conserve rainwater.We can't continue to water our gardens in the way we are doing. So plants need to be tougher and that's why British natives are so important. It can also show that it's okay for the garden to do its thing, which is a refreshing change – the garden is not seen as a big burden as it once was.

Gardens should be fun and shouldn't be precious. Families with young children should be able to kick a ball and see bees on plants. Gardens also have other functions, like drying clothes."


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