Heathers at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

According to plans released on the internet, among the show gardens, one – Homebase in association with the Alzheimer Society – includes a “heather-clad arbour provides somewhere to shelter, cook together as a family and enjoy views of the garden.” We are advised that the roof is covered with Calluna vulgaris ‘Forest Fire’ supplied by Forest Edge Nursery.

Another garden of interest is the “Welcome to Yorkshire” garden which will feature a “hawthorn tree – removed from the Brimham Rocks site as part of the National Trust’s conservation programme” – Brimham Rocks was a location that Society members visited during the annual gathering in 2013.

Lastly, Alan Titchmarsh has created a garden to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom: “We planted woodlanders and wild flowers, cabbage palms that towered over our beach hut – to be painted in a fetching shade of pale green and cream – and spires of echiums and foxgloves, carpets of heather and rugs of samphire to reflect our own love of the British countryside and the folk who tend it so passionately.”