Those who think the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London is just about flowers and gardens, aren’t seeing what we do when we send our correspondent there each year. What we see are the prints, colors, materials, and designs that will help inform everything from lawn furniture to window treatments and dishes in the coming year. (see the UK-based Sculpture Website).
In a season when too much chilly weather and rain left an overall impression of layered greens, for instance, we noticed that new patterns in lawn mowing – and ultimately rugs, set a definite trend. And an advance in copper for garden structures will coincide with the increasing use of warm-colored metallics indoors.
The vibrant hues of irises and sorbet violas correlated with our 2014 Color-Blocked Brights; and the makers of fabrics and wall coverings should be advised that rhododendrons are making a comeback.
As owls enter the design picture, not only as garden sculptures, but as Holiday décor and just about everything else, we wondered if they might be as useful for keeping mice and snakes out of gardens as they’ve proven to be at dissuading woodpeckers from damaging homes!