RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016 - Big Ideas, Small Space.



Following on from our success at Tatton 2015 we decided early on this year that we would be venturing again into the world of Blooming Borders at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Our aim was simple, show off our plants in as many ways as possible that can influence and inspire the public to tackle those little areas of the garden that are often forgotten. 

We gave the challenge to our very own Sally Parkinson, of Gardens and Spaces to come up with a design that allows us to show the many different uses and planting schemes using our plants in containers and as beds in the ground. We were not disappointed. 

Sally came up with the idea of using multiple large galvanised planters with a different 'Theme' in each one that spills out in front of and around it, and using the areas in between the planters to showcase our plants' suitability for growing in the ground. 

It was then down to Matt in the weeks before the show to come up with a planting plan that suited the areas given and used as many of our own varieties as possible. This selection process ran right up until the day of build as we wanted to plants we used to be in their prime for the show.

After battling seemingly endless rain, sticky mud, soil shortages, armies of slugs and snails and a massive hangover from RHS Hampton Court we began and finished the build. 

Containers placed on the border. 

Placing of the plants, the planting plan changed a lot, and frequently. 

Finished. Shade zone.

Prairie Style zone.

Herb zone.

The Dry / Sun zone.

The all important Silver medal!

Below you will find the plant list for the display, many of which are available from us today, or will be soon. It's been a great show with really good feedback from visitors and other exhibitors alike and we look forward to seeing you all again next year! 


Plants used in Big Ideas, Small Space:

-Kniphofia 'Van Popsicle' (Orange)

-Alchemilla erythropoda

-Euphorbia myrsinites 

-Persicaria 'Donald Lowndes'

-Agapanthus 'Peter Pan'

-Potentilla 'Esta Ann'

-Potentilla 'Etna'

-Potentilla 'Medicine Wheel Mountain'

-Potentilla 'Miss Willmott'

-Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit'

-Eryngium 'Neptunes Gold'

-Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar'

-Leucanthemum 'Snow Cap'

-Leucanthemum 'Victorian Secret'

-Miscanthus 'Gnome'

-Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'

-Nepeta 'Summer Magic'

-Lamium 'Beacon Silver'

-Gaura 'Rosy Jane'

-Echinacea 'Kims Knee High'

-Hebe 'Garden Beauty'

-Cyrtonium 'Clivicola'

-Escallonia 'Golden Carpet'

-Photinia 'Little Red Robin'

-Ilex 'Little Rascal'

-Berberis 'Admiration'

-Cotinus 'Young Lady'

-Acer 'Koto - No - Ito'

-Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

-Lonicera 'Tidy Tips'

-Coprosma 'Tequila Sunrise'

-Thymus 'Doone Valley'

-Euonymous 'Emerald 'N Gold'

-Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety'