So what of those show gardens? Do they really set the trends for the upcoming year or is it rather like the fashion runway-who actually wears those creations, anyway?
You can see the winning garden here. The Telegraph Garden, by Andy Sturgeon and all the winners here. The Winners.
It wasn't hard to spot a theme running through many of the gardens. There were plenty of rocks, no less than 85 large boulders transported into the showgrounds, and plenty of gravel with naturalistic plantings of grasses and native plants.There were dry stone walls, bubbling brooks, huge limestone boulders, a monster cube of granite with peepholes through which to view woodland gardens as well as walkways of honed limestone. Those gardens certainly appealed to me. Why wouldn't they? You know how much I love rock and naturalistic planting.
|large ledgestones in my front garden|
|May in the sunken garden|
|Dry stone wall English garden|
And there are places where man-made look better.
|Round concrete stepping stones in English garden.|
|Flat native stones surrounded by brick, English garden.|
There are plenty of dry creeks although of late they have been very wet.
It's fun to think that my garden is in the fashion. But for how long, I wonder?