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Paul Bennett, Director

If you’re a dedicated follower of flower fashion, you’ll know that it’s almost time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This celebration of all things flora and fauna takes place between 24th and 28th May, with extensive TV coverage for those who haven’t bagged a ticket.


The RHS has announced that this year’s garden designers have been encouraged to ‘embrace the wild’ and ‘bring nature back’, which gives us an early indication of the plants destined for the spotlight. Often what we see at Chelsea makes its way into our own gardens in the following 12 months so if you want to stay ahead of the plant pack, here are Behr & Butchoff’s predictions for 2022:-


Wildflowers: expect this year’s show to brim with blooms you may usually spot in our native hedgerows and fields. Poppies, cow parsley, oxeye daisies, dog roses, cornflowers and foxgloves should all make the shortlist – big news if you’re a fan of the cottagecore look. Wildflowers are easy to grow at home, especially if you buy a low-effort ‘seed bomb’, which will come pre-studded with the best of British wildflower seeds.


Iconic trees: despite the show’s temporary status, trees are an imposing feature at Chelsea. This year, we’re forecasting a showcase of classic specimens, including crab apple, hornbeam, hazel, weeping willow and hawthorn. When chosen with the right horticultural advice, homeowners can also plant trees for shade, structure and ecological merit.


Water features: instead of sculptures and fountains, designers are expected to incorporate water in a way that will attract wildlife. Ponds with gently sloping sides to aid amphibians and naturalised water margins for cover will provide moments of reflection, while beautiful bowls will double as bird baths.


Pollinating plants: supporting the bees, butterflies, moths and flies that pollinate plants is a big trend for 2022, with ‘nectar cafés’ to feature in many of the show gardens. These planting schemes, designed to attract insects and richly reward them, are easy to recreate at home. Opt for a mix of common mallow, lavender, purple toadflax, sea holly, wallflowers and verbena knowing you’ll be making a contribution to conservation as well as creating a beautiful display.


If outdoor space tops your home moving wish list, contact Behr & Butchoff for properties to buy and rent with gardens, courtyards, roof terraces and balconies.