An unexpected gap in my work schedule resulting from a few procrastinating clients meant I could sneak a visit to RHS Tatton Flower Show on Thursday with my garden design buddy Dawn. As an added bonus the sun shone almost all the time we were there, with only a threat of rain as we were leaving; quite a result!

We ended up staying five hours and still didn’t see everything but eventually ran out of steam. Like most visitors to the show we viewed the show gardens first. There were some popular themes that could be seen across several gardens, in particular the use of copper, used widely in various water features, but also in other elements such as the edging to a border and a few copper cubes.

Tatton Collage - copper water features

A popular hard landscaping material choice were small element paving with many garden designers using clay pavers, bricks and tile on edge in a number of gardens, often used alongside other materials. These give a very relaxed feel to a design, and can be used successfully in both traditional and contemporary gardens.


RHS Tatton Flower Show

Planting varied across a wide spectrum of colours from soft harmonious pastels to vibrant reds and pinks. Those I thought that worked best used purple as the basis of their planting schemes.

Tatton collage purples

Saying that, my favourite garden actually used a completely different colour scheme. This was the Gold medal winning Young Garden Designer […]