Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show The sun shone and the gardeners and shoppers turned out in record numbers to enjoy a marvellous Spring Flower Show. There was a lot interest in Garden Design in Harrogate with my exhibition attracting many visitors from throughout West and North Yorkshire. Trends in planting design It is always interesting to pick up trends in planting design with the new plants and colours for the coming season being shown at this early influential event. Sandra Cooper an artist exhibiting original paintings suggested that interiors this year are majoring on plum, burgundy and wine colours with bright highlights of cream and apple white and that these are the hot colours for gardens too. Russell Watkins an R.H.S. advisor from Harlow Carr Gardens suggested blue and purple colour schemes are very on trend with Aster x frikartii 'Monch' being the 'must have,' profuse, late flowering blue. Again the restrained, pure, clear white/silver and green classic combination that doesn't date is back in favour as in Vita Sackville-West's white garden at Sissinghurst. Gertrude Jekyll style herbaceous borders are still a favourite with many of the visitors. Perennial favourites in the pink party are Verbena bonariensis for floaty, dreamy herbaceous borders and roses are back in with one of the best pink roses being Rosa 'Wildeve' which attracts many compliments at Harlow Carr. It is a pink slightly deeper in colour than the cottage garden favourite Rosa 'New Dawn'. Stella Rankin from Kevrock Garden plants thought the demand for the very unusual and rare plants was high and Sue Goodwill from Primrose Bank nursery said the new Heucheras were flying out!! I will be reporting on planting design trends from the Chelsea Flower show in May!! Happy gardening.