3. Gardening for Beginners – Blog Three

Rather than cover what plant sizes to buy as originally intended this week, I thought I would inspire your gardening journey with a selection of photos from my trip to Chelsea Flower Show. If you didn’t know Chelsea Flower Show is seen as the crème de la crème of the gardening world. It is where top garden designers unveil their show gardens and product manufacturers reveal their latest creations. Monty Don (the oracle of gardening) hosts the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show programme from there.

I strongly recommend visiting the show as a beginner gardener as it’s a great opportunity to give you inspiration for your own garden and also where you can familiarise yourself with all the plants and plant names.

Once you start gardening you will find that although there are over 369,000 plants, you will use the same one’s time and time again due to their cost and availability across the seasons. For example, you will find that geraniums and cyclamens will feature in your garden year after year.

It is also worth going to give you an idea of what type of the firm favourites you like such as roses. For example, a visit to David Austin Roses stand will help you get a flavour of all the roses available. Surprisingly not all roses smell heavenly and there are remarkably some roses which will tolerate part shade. Most roses love and need sun.

You can also see the difference between lupins and delphiniums, for example, which are fabulous upright, blousy plants which are one of my firm favourites.

The show can also introduce you to a number of plants which are only grown overseas which makes an interesting change.

Most of all even if you can only see pictures from the show, it will give you ideas for your garden and what you want your gardener to plant for you this season.

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Have a look at my product recommendations for beginner gardeners inspired by Chelsea Flower Show 2023.