It’s that time of year again – the Chelsea Flower Show. In all its glory, this annual event provides us with a feast of inspiring garden designs. It cleverly depicts how skill and imagination will bring to life that stretch of land outside your kitchen or sitting room door. It is true that many of the designs we see at Chelsea are not practical or suitable for our own mere mortal of a garden. However, every design is inspiring and on our return home we long to find that little something that will make our own outdoor space special too.
Garden Design has never been more popular, yet most of us still universally believe it is ‘something anyone can do’. In some ways, it is true. Many gardens are quite breathtakingly beautiful where a designer has not set foot inside the garden gate. Mostly, these gardens have evolved over time and sit very happily cheek by jowl within whatever environment they have grown up in.
A Designer’s Hand
This is fine for those who are happy to potter and let the years, toil and ultimate experience take care of how their gardens will look a couple of decades later. The rest of humanity needs a helping – or a designer’s hand! That is if we want to obtain a captivating garden quickly and effortlessly . This is because most of us lead very busy lives and we want someone else to create for us what we don’t have time for ourselves.
Also, great garden design truly enhances the exterior of our homes> It can add not only value to our properties, it can also greatly increase the chances of a quicker sale. Furthermore, most of us want a garden with the minimum of maintenance. To achieve the balance between something that is attractive and requires little attention, needs skilful planning.
Today, great garden design needs to depict a lifestyle that reflects stylish 21st century living where the trend for expanding our living areas beyond the four walls of our homes, comes complete with outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, elaborate lighting and all weather garden sofas.
Garden design has come a long way since Chelsea first opened its doors over a hundred years ago when it was primarily a flower show and the show gardens were the poor cousin. Perhaps it will one day go full circle and in the meantime, if you want a truly stunning lifestyle garden, you need the talented eye of a good designer.