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Our Chelsea Special issue

Our Chelsea Special issue

This issue we’re celebrating the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We’ve got sneak previews of the 2019 show gardens, exclusive interviews with award-winning designers, and inspirational photos showing the must-have plants to create some pizzazz in your own borders at home. We’ve got the latest shopping trends for show-garden chic and behind-the-scenes photos showing one of the gardens being built from scratch. So sit back and relax with a chilled glass of Pimm’s to savour the Chelsea magic, without having to lift so much as a finger.


Celebrate Chelsea Nic Howard’s atmospheric show garden last year used dramatic sculpture as a focal point, framed by birches, lupins and foxgloves

Be Inspired by… Spikes and spires, grey-themed shopping, new plants at Chelsea, elegant alliums, diary dates and a fun quiz: Native, or not?

Chelsea 2019 sneak preview This year’s top show garden designers share their signature plants, colour schemes and design ideas

Choose plants for designer wow! Inject some show garden glamour into borders with these must-have star plants

What to do this month Plant out hardy annuals, refresh woody herbs  and give leggy perennials a quick Chelsea Chop

Easy propagation Take leaf cuttings from succulents, African violets
and Begonia rex. Here’s how

My Chelsea diary We go behind the scenes to see how 2018’s Silent Pool Gin garden was made. Silver-gilt medal-winning designer David Neale shares favourite photos from his Instagram feed

Give cottage borders a stylish twist Choose cottage-garden favourites in summer’s palest pastel shades

“It’s a lush oasis in the city” Acers and ferns create structure in this small but perfectly formed urban garden

“We rescued our garden from the brambles” This stylish cottage garden is made from cuttings swaps and rescue plants

“The garden is our happy place” A Hobbit house and circular moongate create drama in this sunny suburban garden

Go wild about Chelsea This year’s show gardens are packed with ideas for ‘getting back to nature’ but how do they measure up for wildlife? We take a critical look

Give your veg patch Chelsea style From trained fruit and vertical salads to posh planters brimming with edible flowers, Chelsea is full of creative ideas

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your questions

Border Rescue Reader Andre Narchi wants more blooms in his summer border

Design Solutions Turn your lawn into an easy-care prairie-style meadow, says our design guru

Get the Chelsea look Bring style and panache to your garden with a few designer pieces and budget-friendly accessories

10 free pinks and snips worth £24.97 – just pay postage. Plus: special offers on a wide range of exciting perennials

Add some show garden glamour Buy Pacific Giant delphiniums and Hardenbergia violacea to save £15

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos

Puzzles & prizes Win a hedgehog home from The Posh Shed Co and salvias and a £30 voucher from

Garden View Don’t take Chelsea too seriously, says new columnist Alex Mitchell