As the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public, here at New England Lifestyle we are enjoying the BBC coverage on both television and the internet showcasing the inspirational gardens on show and providing all the hints and tips needed to ensure our gardens are set to dazzle this summer.
My favorite of the Show Gardens is the L’Occitaine Garden, inspired by the landscape of Provence, elegantly recreating Olivier Baussanâ€™s vision of 30 years ago that inspired him to create Lâ€™Occitaine. The garden has all five senses covered. Sparkling Verbena provides the uplifting scent of summer, whilst Rich Almonds are grown to provides the taste temptation. Precious Immortalle is grown as the â€˜elixir of youthâ€™ for the skin of the Mediterranean women. The beautiful hues of Provencal Pink Peonies are a sight for sore eyes, whilst Provencal Lâ€™Occitaine Lavender provides the sound of pure tranquility, ready to create just a moment of calm with its relaxing scent.
Looking at the Small Gardens, I am drawn to the Christian before Dior courtyard garden. Inspired by the Pool Garden at Les Rhumbs, Diorâ€™s childhood home in Normandy, the garden â€œreflects Diorâ€™s love of flowers and design and the influence these were to have on his couture collections and perfumesâ€ explains the garden designers. The garden is highly scented, and includes reproductions of the pergola, ornamental pool and garden furniture designed by the 15 year-old Dior. A Christian Dior jacket is draped across the stunning white bench; complete with his favourite flower, lily of the valley, in the button hole.
Back at home I have pledged to add more scent filled plants to enjoy on a balmy summerâ€™s evening. What better way to unwind than to relax in our white outdoor chairs in the warm sunshine, with the glorious floral summer scents all around you?