Hampton court flower show epitomizes summer gardening to me. Long days full of sun, soaring temperatures and some of the most beautiful flowers all at their best. After the fantastic success of my plant explorer themed design at Chelsea flower show, I'm now bringing the plant explorers theme to Hampton. Not happy to just recreate the original, I've updated the stand with a new design to show a different set of explorers and bringing more exciting plant combinations to the show. So whats new? Well I'll tell you!

After the success of the stand at Chelsea, I was keen to update the design and planting palette. That way people who had seen the original would have something new to uncover, whilst first-timers could still see the plant explorer theme. So I’ve managed to pack in even more plant explorer stories, different plant specimens and vignettes for you to experience! Did I mention that we now have real pineapples as part of the stand?!

Herbarium entry

I took my influence from non-other than the father of plant taxonomy Carl Linnaeus. Who shaped the world of botany with plant nomenclature. It’s not all species and hierarchy though, he did uncover some incredible plants; such as Rudbeckia named after one of his mentors. I also wanted to reflect the time of year and coincidentally the mega heatwave we’ve been experiencing. I couldn’t have planned it better! So it may be 32 degrees outside but the plants are also on fire!

Carl Linnaeus themed planting

So I set to work with some of my favourite plant types, that of the Asteraceae family; daisy style flowers to me and you. I also wanted to move away from woodland and go for a mega-wattage colour theme. Oranges, reds and yellows dominated my plans with a few contrasting blues and hot pinks. Drifts of eye-watering colours and contrasts should really pack a punch on the stand. There’s going to be no escaping the plant explorers at Hampton flower show this year, so bring your sunglasses and vapours!

Gregor mendel pea design
Gregor Mendel is back!

Hampton Court Flower Show 2018

Below is a small selection of the Plant Explorer garden with some of the detail from my design.

Garden Ninja Award Winner

It was a fantastic few weeks at Hampton Court Flower show with long days but a really rewarding end result. We were thrilled to be awarded a 5 Star RHS Award for the stand along with the Horticultural Exhibits Associations ‘Most Outstanding Tradestand Award’.

Lee Burkhill wins 5 stars at Hampton Court Flower Show

Plant List

External ‘Asteraceae’ scheme

  • Achillea Walter Funcke
  • Achillea terracotta
  • Actea ‘Hillside Beauty’
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Carex muskingumensis
  • Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
  • Crocosmia ‘Pauls Best Yellow’
  • Helenium ‘Sahins Early Flowerer’
  • Helenium ‘The Bishop’
  • Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
  • Lamium ‘Hermans Pride’
  • Miscanthus sinensis
  • Nepeta mentha
  • Pennisetum orientale
  • Waldsteinia ternata

Trees & Shrubs to include

  • Betula utilis
  • Carpinus betulus
  • Cornus alba elegantissima
  • Corylus maxima
  • Euonymous alatus compactus

Victorian Lodge Fernery including:

  • Agapanthus africanus
  • Asplenium scolopendrium
  • Dryopteris affinis
  • Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Musa basjoo
  • Polystichum polyblepharum ‘Jade’
  • Polystichum setiferum
  • Rheum palmatum tanguticum

Planthouse 8 Alpine House including:

  • Aspidistra elatior
  • Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’
  • Erigeron karvinskianus
  • Euphorbia ingens
  • Drosanthemum
  • Parahebe ‘Snow Clouds’
  • Primula auricula
  • Saxifraga (Mixed Varieties)
  • Scutellara ‘Texas Rose’
  • Sedum purpureum (Mixed)
  • Sempervivums (mixed varieties)

Opus Orchid House Including:

  • Airplants (multiple varieties & species)
  • Cambria cascade
  • Dendrobium (mixed varieties)
  • Epidendrum (mixed varieties)
  • Miltonia (mixed varieties)
  • Phalenopsis (mixed varieties)
  • Vanda (mixed)

Grow & Store Edibles Glasshouse including:

  • Capsicum annuum (Multiple varieties in season)
  • Mentha
  • Nasturtum
  • Pisum sativum
  • Solanum lycopersicum (Multiple varieties in season)

If you’ve liked this whistlestop tour of Hampton Court Flower show 2018 then why not get in touch on social media? You can TweetFacebook or Instagram me with your pictures! You can also follow me on Youtube where I’ve got plenty of garden guide vlogs.

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