The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust

Company: Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond and the National Trust launch a new and exclusive rose and plant collection at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate their Main Avenue Show Garden.

Main Avenue Show Garden

Blue Diamond Garden Centres will launch a new plant collection and a rose to celebrate The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust, a Main Avenue Show Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was designed by award-winning design studio, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens with the Blue Diamond Team.

The National Trust Chelsea Plant Collection by Blue Diamond contains several plants from or inspired by the garden, including Astrantia ‘Roma’ and Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’. 

In the Great Pavilion

In the Great Pavilion, Blue Diamond Garden Centres will also launch a rose, Rosa ‘National Trust Beauty', on behalf of the National Trust. Author Joanne Harris will be the special guest at the launch event on Monday 20 May. See full details below.

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust features some 3,600 native and non-native plants working together for biodiversity and beauty.  The bold, pollinator-attracting plants throughout the garden will appeal to both wildlife and visitors.

Blue Diamond Garden Centres has curated a collection of plants, The National Trust Chelsea Plant Collection by Blue Diamond, which consists of plants that are in or inspired by The Octavia Hill Garden. The collection is designed to help gardeners create their own ‘outdoor sitting rooms’ and nature-friendly spaces, both of which feature in the Show Garden.

The plants in the collection have been chosen for their colour, shape and texture. They include herbaceous plants, fern and grasses all of which have been carefully selected to complement each other.

This diverse range of plants bloom throughout the year and produce nectar and pollen across the seasons. The collection contains plants in a kaleidoscope of colours, designed to evoke different moods. Calming blues and moody purples mingle with playful pinks and zesty pops of orange, flooding a garden with colour for the whole growing season.  

The collection also contains structural plants with distinct shapes to provide drama in a garden. These include ferns and grasses, which provide movement, structure and contrast.

Several plants in this collection can talk

Sound artist Justin Wiggan, who recorded electrical impulses of plants in The Octavia Hill Garden, has also recorded the sounds of several plants in the National Trust Chelsea Plant Collection by Blue Diamond.

Visitors will be able to scan a QR code at the Blue Diamond stand in the Floral Marquee (GPB021) to listen to plants ‘talking’. It is hoped this will enhance people’s connections with the plants and provide an alternative experience, especially for those who are visually impaired or blind.

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