Further Musings on the Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – Olive Trees

The use of Olive Trees in several of the show gardens at Chelsea stood out for us this year. Whether ancient and gnarled or clipped as a hedge, several garden designs presented interesting ideas for working with olive trees in our gardens and outside spaces. These beautiful, age-old evergreen trees are more versatile than many UK gardeners realise. They work very well in a huge variety of garden styles, from urban contemporary to Mediterranean chic. Here are a few tasters:

Bonsai macro olive trees
Bonsai macro olive trees, Chelsea Flower Show 2015

 

There is something immediately striking and timeless about using a giant ancient olive tree as a central focal point for a garden. These ancient, extra mature show-stoppers are a massive one metre in diameter and show as much beautiful, gnarled ancient trunk as possible. This splendid specimen is from the silver medal winning Royal Bank of Canada garden. These style of trees are known as Bonsai Macro Olive Trees. Bonsai refers to the style or shape and macro refers to the fact that these trees are quite sizeable indeed.

In a similar size bracket, we have our own range of Bonsai Macro Olive Trees for sale, either online or from our North London garden centre. Our largest mature olive trees are over 2 metres tall with a massive trunk girth of 1 metre. Here’s how they look:

Paramount Plants -  Bonsai macro olive trees for sale
Paramount Plants – our Bonsai macro olive trees for sale are over 2 metres tall!

 

We also have bonsai-style mini versions which have impressively ancient features but are on a smaller scale for smaller spaces. This range of mini garden bonsai olive tree is 1.25 metres tall:

Mini garden bonsai olive trees are 1.25 metres tall
Alternatively to the Bonsai Macro above, our mini garden bonsai olive trees are 1.25 metres tall

 

We were particularly drawn to the discreet olive hedging in the gold medal winning Beauty of Islam garden. Evergreen, hardy and dense growing, many people don’t realise what a wonderful hedge olive trees can make. Here is a close-up of the olive hedge:

Olive Hedging - as featured at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015
Olive Hedging – as featured at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

 

And again, as a backdrop to the magnificent Bismarckia Nobilis palm – note the subtle yet eye-catching effect of the differing shades of foliage:

Olive Hedging - as featured at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015
Olive Hedging – as featured at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

 

From the Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse, this is a charming shady seating area created simply but beautifully by a grove of olive trees:

Charming seating area shaded by a grove of olive trees
Charming seating area shaded by a grove of olive trees

 

At Paramount Plants, our olives trees are all UK hardy and once established are drought resistant.

Chelsea 2015 Japanese Garden: Edo no Niwa (Edo Garden) by Ishihara Kazuyuki

Chelsea 2015 Japanese Garden: Edo no Niwa  by Ishihara Kazuyuki
Chelsea 2015 Japanese Garden: Edo no Niwa by Ishihara Kazuyuki

 

Ishihara Kazuyuki is back at Chelsea once again and wins gold – once again – as he celebrates the magic of the Japanese garden with a beautifully crafted Japanese creation which promises something for everyone. Read more Chelsea 2015 Japanese Garden: Edo no Niwa (Edo Garden) by Ishihara Kazuyuki

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – The Hidden Beauty of Kranji (Singapore Garden)

Singapore Garden Chelsea 2015
Singapore Garden Chelsea 2015 – lush, tropical oasis

 

Lush tropical palms, graceful ferns, vibrant orchids and sophisticated landscape design make The Hidden Beauty of Kranji one of the most eye-catching gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. You can just imagine this oasis as a secret urban escape, where the stresses of the day simply fade away into the ferns and the foliage, all to the tranquil sound of the multi-tiered waterfall as it cascades down a living wall, built to resemble a cliff face. Read more RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – The Hidden Beauty of Kranji (Singapore Garden)

Bamboo For Screening

Bamboo Hedges and Screening.
One of the most revered ‘woods’ in Chinese culture, bamboo has been robustly embraced by garden designers in the UK for the creation of contemporary gardens and Japanese style gardens,
It has proved especially useful in urban gardens where space is at a premium and the bonus is that bamboo creates a very elegant solution to so many screening problems. Read more Bamboo For Screening