Do you have a green thumb? Or do you have a patch of garden that you are just itching to transform? Well, inspiration is at hand with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - THE World's premier garden show and sets trends and benchmarks for garden design every year....
This year we are whirling around the Show Gardens - starting with this - 'The Chelsea Barracks Garden' designed by Jo Thompson which won Gold.
We love the formality and structure that the lawn provides against the stunning backdrop of the slab of grey stone (Italian basaltic) wall. This is highly polished and super-dark to accentuate the sheen when it gets wet.
The St John's Hospice Garden - A Modern Apothecary - by Jekka McVicar (below) is driven by the healing power of plants and the restorative effects of gardens. It features plants scientifically linked to wellness and health and inspired by a quote from Hippocrates, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food'.
The Best in Show Garden for 2016 is The Telegraph Garden by Andy Sturgeon below. Inspired by the childlike wonder over dinosaurs and the evolution of our planet - Andy 'designed the garden intending to remind us of the fleeting nature of our own time on earth by building a landscape reflecting the plant's geological history'. The bronze sculptures evoke the distinctive plates on the Stegosaurus as well as a sense of the the jurassic landscape surging out of the ground.
The LG Smart Garden by Hay Joung Hwang represents a Scandinavian lifestyle garden where the technology that we associate with inside is also brought out into the garden. The designer started her career as an Interior Designer before transferring her skills to garden design and we love the contrast of formality versus more naturalistic planting.
Another Gold winning garden is L'Occitane Garden by James Basson and the garden is a celebration of the brand's 40th anniversary. The garden recreates aspects of the harsh dry climate of Provence and features plants and materials all native to the region.
Whimsy and humour are never far away at Chelsea and one of the Artisan Gardens caught our eye - the 'Garage Garden' by Japanese designer and Chelsea regular - Kazuyuki Ishihara. Inspired by associations of British vintage classic cars, this is a dream garage complete with roof garden. We love it!
Finally, co-inciding with the garden show local businesses participate in Chelsea in Bloom - where the shop-fronts and streets are decorated in a floral tribute to Chelsea. This year's theme was 'Carnival' - inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival (and apt as the host of this year's Olympics).
We end with some of the highlights below - this takes window shopping to a whole new level!