Tangerine Dream: RHS Chelsea 2016 May 25, 2016 11:50

Totally Tangerine GeumTotally Tangerine is the flower of choice at Chelsea Flower Show this year. Super versatile, this lovely Geum looks great with purples and bold colours but can also hold its own amid more laid back pastels and grasses. And it is everywhere.

I have always loved Geums but this one is very, very close to my heart. It sits within my newly formed veggie plot which now occupies the front garden (very #GreeningGreyBritain... Hurrah! More on that later), sat in amongst the purple, green foliage of pak choi, the floaty, whimsy stems of asparagus and spikes of chives. I LOVE it.  

I'm not sure whether fashion follows flowers or the other way around but at Chelsea, both meld perfectly to create stunning, stylish and thought provoking gardens around every corner. Oranges, marigolds and tangerine shades are evident throughout the show and none more so that in the Schevillis Garden, created by Garden Designer Sarah Naybour

This year, the Dutch stone & paving specialists Schellevis commissioned Sarah to create their stand for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The layout is split - level featuring two contrasting outdoor spaces where the versatility, style and character of Schellevis paving and landscaping elements fits perfectly. 

The first is an urban landscape inspired by the plans for Battersea Power Station which feature layers reminiscent of the geology of natural rock together with obtuse angles; the second is a private residential garden. Orangey, tangerine tones complement each other throughout the planting (including another wonderful Geum - Mai Tai) and are highlighted by two beautiful red headed figures created by Oxfordshire based contemporary artist Rachel Ducker and seven of our orange classic cushions, set out on a new cube seating range by Schevellis.

If there is one colour you add to your garden this year, choose tangerine. It is subtle in one setting, bold as brass in another. It gets our vote. Totes.