Hand it to the Brits. They know how to put on a show that oozes charm and style. Not only was the Royal Wedding a most watched event, but the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show showcased gardens that reflected the soothing serenity of nature with sublime colors as well as gardens that leaned toward the edgy urban grit trend.
Cleve West, gold medal winner, who won Best in Show, said that "Gardens should be created from the heart- [it's a] personal thing." I agree. Design your garden, large or small with whatever moves you, inspires or just plain makes your heart happy.
West said his sunken garden "juxtaposes traditional and modern materials to illustrate how both old and new can keep a space vital in perpetuity." He used reclaimed Cotswold stone and yew hedging along with sculpted classical columns and water pipes for drama. His formal mix of yews and perennials, with some that will self-seed, allows for that element of surprise, as if the garden will take on a life of its own.
I like that. The unpredictable, randomness of it all. A formal garden that lets nature have her way.
If you haven't already, start planning the garden you want- whether it's adding a few new plants in bold colors or opting for a complete makeover- perhaps even a sunken garden!