How to Re-create an Award-winning Show Garden at Home
Always dreamt of having a gold medal RHS show garden at home but not sure where to start? Here’s our rundown of the key things to remember when creating your own show garden.
Create a visual impact
Adding features such as spheres, walling or benches can create a real focal point in your garden. Our beautiful sandstone and granite benches remain favourites for helping create seating areas, while our sandstone spheres create a beautiful focal point irrespective of the size of your garden.
Designing an area with key details helps to create a sense of order and therefore impact what would ordinarily just be an outdoor space.
Keep it simple
Simplicity is key when designing a show garden and a particularly important element when being judged at aRHS Show.
Limiting your materials will allow consistency and offer the illusion of a larger space. Tectonic, who won gold for The Ideal Home Show 2017 ‘Garden without a boundary’ opted simply for the Global Stone Mirage paving. Doing so enabled the creation of a great pathway with rhythm and movement throughout.
Limit colour palette
Opting for one colour palette can help to provide visual impact with minimal fuss. Caitlin McLaughlin, winner of the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016 chose smoke from the Premium Porcelain Toscana Range for just that reason.
The combination of the limiting both materials and colour will help to create a sense of unity throughout your garden.
Creating your garden
When creating your garden it is easy to follow trends or choose plants you may later regret. The trick is to create timeless designs using high quality products such as Global Stone’s Premium Sandstone Paving. Available in a full range of beautiful natural colours and different sizes, including larger pieces, it provides real design flexibility that lasts a lifetime.
When choosing plants for your show garden it is important to bare in mind seasonality. Picking plants that come back year after year such as perennials and evergreens provide interest all year round.