Nigel Dunnett on top of RBC's Blue Water Roof Garden
©Charlie Bibby

Garden designers in balancing act

Is is possible to create beautiful gardens that also deliver a message?

Robin Lane Fox

Rhododendrons and azaleas at the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park ©Alamy
No big shrub can compare with our ultimate immigrants, which started to enter woods in the 1830s and have proliferated since
Hepatica nobilis ©GAP Gardens
Hedgehogs are one thing but I do not want a haven for hares and grass snakes anywhere near my garden
English oak seesaw

Chelsea’s best

From fire bowls to bee-friendly seeds, Jess Cotton selects her favourite plants and products from this year’s show

Tom Hart Dyke at Lullingstone Castle
©Paul Carter

A hostage to his passions

Tom Hart Dyke recalls how an erotic plant helped him to survive a nine month kidnapping ordeal

Potters Fields
©Potters Fields

The new gardenesque

The growing move to bring human scale to urban developments

Queen Mary at the show in 1913
©RHS/Lindley Library

Chelsea: a potted history

Foreign exhibitors have a long tradition at the show

Bijoy Jain’s design for a private house in Mumbai, India

A plot of earth

The importance of narrative in garden design

The stinking beauty

Forgotten by time, the indomitable ginkgo reminds us to take the long view

Cleve West's Bupa garden from the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show
©Derek St Romaine/GPL

Sculptor’s object lesson

Designer Cleve West discovers that sculpture can add unexpected dimensions

Perfect roses in all weathers

Tips for growing success in extreme climates, from Siberia to Bermuda

Illustration by Lindsey Spinks depicting the Chelsea Flower Show
©Lindsey Spinks

100 and still growing

In 1963 there was not a gnome in sight when the Chelsea Flower Show inspired this young gardener of the future

The scope of the landscape

James Alexander-Sinclair on an ancient rivalry with benefits