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2022’s garden trends: a look back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

WordsMegan Lambert

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This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show was a year of firsts. Not only was it the first year to be held in autumn, but it was also the first year that house plants, container gardens and balcony gardens were exhibited. And it wasn’t just the timing of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that the pandemic affected. It massively impacted the way we garden and what we use our gardens for—as you’ll see from this year’s main trends.

So here are our predictions for the garden trends we’ll be seeing more of in a backyard near you next year.

2022 garden trend: sustainability

The overarching theme of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show was sustainability. Just as there are lots of little ways we can play our part at home by recycling and using eco-friendly products, there are tons of ways we can make our gardens more sustainable. From rewilding your garden by ditching the lawn to quitting the pesticide and going organic, there’s a long list of changes you can make to support wildlife and make your garden more sustainable. Swapping your hose attachment to a rainwater butt is a really simple yet effective one.

The 'COP26 Garden' took us on a journey through some of the common unsustainable gardening practices to what we can do to mitigate them.

On the left, you can see a pristine paved and lawned garden, surrounded by hardy yet not very pollinator-friendly shrubs. Paving doesn't allow for water to be absorbed by roots and soil, contributing to flooding, whilst pristine mowed lawns are known as a 'monoculture’: not a great habitat for bug life.

On the right, you can see an Eden-like alternative, complete with wildflowers and a waterbody to support animal life. If you'd like to implement more sustainable practices at home, take a look at our guide to rewilding your garden to find out how.

AN EXAMPLE OF AN UNSUSTAINABLE GARDEN

AN EXAMPLE OF A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN

2022 balcony and container gardens 

If ever there was an indicator about how our attitudes towards gardening have changed over the seasons, it's the inclusion of balcony gardens at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Proving that you don't need an enormous garden to get into gardening, balcony and container gardens are a great way to do a lot with limited space. 

The RHS 'Green Sky Pocket Garden' (pictured left) shows how you can be inventive with what you've got, using wall space to create a herb garden and floor space for hardy grasses, lavender and thyme. If you want to grow fruit and veg, containers are a great way to do so on a balcony. 

From outdoor lighting to outdoor furniture, take a look at our 8 budget-friendly balcony decor ideas to get yours looking Chelsea-worthy.

A BIOPHILIC OUTDOOR SPACE, CALLED THE GREEN SKY POCKET GARDEN

NEVER ENOUGH PLANTS

2022 garden trend: edible gardens 

Continuing with the fruit and veg theme, edible gardens were more popular at RHS Chelsea Flower Show than ever, but not in the traditional sense. As with balcony gardens, we don't all necessarily have the space for a dedicated vegetable patch. Instead, we saw fruit and vegetables placed in and amongst flower beds. Cabbages provide gorgeous winter colour, whilst courgettes and artichokes have beautiful blooms. Herbs count too. 

Plant your provencal herbs like thyme and rosemary with your lavender in the summer months, whilst a hanging basket of pansies not only adds a splash of colour to your garden but your salad too. Find out how to join the 'grow your own' movement with our guide to victory gardens.

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