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Taking Landscaping Inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Rob Byrne - Friday, December 28, 2012

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, the evenings are brighter, and after much of the UK having experienced bouts of rain recently, you may be witnessing your garden spring back into life again. And with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, your thoughts may be turning to all things green and sprouting. But after a winter of neglect, your outdoor space may not be ready for barbeques, garden parties or dusting off the patio chairs just yet.

Once the leaves are back on the trees, the flowers are in bloom, you’ve tackled the weeds and given the fence a fresh lick of paint, you may find that your garden is still looking tired, dated and in need of attention. So, what can you do to turn your back yard from mediocre to magnificent? The answer may lie right under your nose. Or under your feet, rather.

Adding or upgrading garden decking or paving are popular options when it comes to outdoor home improvement and, here at Natural Stone and Timber, we know that when the right design and material decisions are made, new external flooring can transform a space completely. For almost one hundred years, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has proven that when consideration and imagination go into outdoor design, a garden can become infinitely more balanced, attractive and functional. So, by taking a leaf from the Royal Horticultural Society’s book and drawing inspiration from the gardens on show at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, you, too, can achieve an outdoor area that is fit for a Queen. Or for a Jubilee garden party, at the very least.

If you are planning a visit to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show or to any of the many flower shows or gardening events held up and down the country this summer, you might want to pay close attention to the kinds of decking, paving and aggregates being used and to the innovative ways slabs and decking boards can be arranged within a garden.