Monty’s Top Ideas from the Hampton Court Flower Show

Monty visited RHS Hampton Court Flower show not only for a nice day out but also to bring you some fab ideas for your own garden, so if you couldn’t get along to the show then have a read of his favourite ideas to inspire your own garden.

It was a hot show this year and I delayed my visit to the Thursday as Wednesday was the hottest day on record in the UK. I love being outside but that’s a little hot for a little old Gnome like me.

Hampton Court is a wonderful show, it celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary this year, I find there is much more room than Chelsea, plus the show feels more relaxed too. The whole site was filled with colour, amazing gardens, wonderful plant displays and plenty to buy too, plus I must not forget all the lovely people that I met throughout the day.

Monty The Gnome at Hampton Court

Monty visits the Hampton Court Flower Show

 

Bug Hotel Bike Rack

Bug Hotel Bike Rack

Bug Hotel Tower

The Ultimate Bug & Bird Hotel

I loved this ‘Bug Hotel’, it seemed to be a common sight around the show as everyone has become interested in helping bugs & nature in the garden.

These bug houses could easily be recreated in your own garden from old wood, broken pots or anything that you can pile together to create little spaces for bugs to hide out in the Winter.

 

Hampton Court is the perfect time of year for many flowers, it’s much easier for the Nurseries and Growers to display plants at this show rather than forcing them for Chelsea.

I fell in love with the Dahlia Society stand and these two amazing Dahlia flowers. They are pretty easy to grow & with regular dead heading and feeding over the summer you will have months worth of flowers to enjoy.

Large Spike Flowered Dahlia

Large Spike Flowered Dahlia

Amazing Two Colour Dahlia Flower

Amazing Two Colour Dahlia Flower

 

Unique: The Rare Chromosome Disorder Garden

Unique: The Rare Chromosome Disorder Garden

Amnesty International: Magna Carta 800 Garden

Amnesty International: Magna Carta 800 Garden

Yellow is the new colour for your garden! I spotted a few yellow hints at Chelsea this year but here at Hampton there was lots of yellow. It’s nice to see as yellow plants seems to fall out of favour for a few years, but now they are back and added some much need colour to gardens.

What do you think, do you have lots of yellow in the garden and will you be adding some?

 

Hollyhocks, OK no surprise with this plant for many I am sure but they seem to have crept back in to favour as there was a whole stand full of these in the Floral Pavillion.

There are lots of new colours available now from white through to almost black flowers. These are one of the easiest plants to grow, they will also happily self seed around the garden so a real must have. (I purchased two for my garden)

Almost black flowering Hollyhock

Almost black flowering Hollyhock

Lovely new colours of Hollyhocks available at the show

Lovely new colours of Hollyhocks available at the show

 

Wheele Bin Garden Idea

Wheele Bin Garden Idea

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden

My last two ideas I will be stealing from the show.

A garden to cover your wheelie bins, top idea certainly if you are stuck for space in your garden. I loved the fact that this one had fruit & veg growing in it.

How about a sunken area in the garden? This was a stunning garden and I often forget that in the garden you can dig down to create as well as above.

 

Wonderful Roses

Wonderful Roses

The Macmillan Legacy Garden

The Macmillan Legacy Garden

Ready…Aim…Flower!

Ready…Aim…Flower!

Clematis 'Fascination'

Clematis ‘Fascination’

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