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The Still Garden, designed by Jane Porter at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.
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Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Container gardens

Published: May 25, 2022 at 9:17 am

Jodie Jones looks at the five Container Gardens at this year's show.

This year the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are divided into six categories:

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Main show gardens
Sanctuary gardens
All about plants
Balcony gardens
Container gardens
• Houseplant studios

The container gardens aim to inspire people to create a garden, whatever the size of their outside space.

Discover the medal-winning Container Gardens for this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

RHS / Luke MacGregor

Here are the five featured gardens.

Mediterranean Reflection

Design: Tanya Wilson and Johanna Norlin
Inspired by the Mallorcan landscape and using colours and stone textures of the Mediterranean, this curved design evokes the waves of the sea. Drought-tolerant succulents, perennials and ornamental grasses are soft and textural. All of the design elements have been sourced from the UK.

Mandala, Meditation and Mindfulness Garden

Design: Nikki Hollier
Inspired by experiences of the pandemic, this garden offers a safe haven in which to sit and meditate. A water feature is positioned against the backdrop of a muted violet wall with a mandala, surrounded by eucalyptus trees, white flowers and herbs.

The Enchanted Rain Garden

Design: Bea Tann
Inspired by a rainy garden in Manchester, and designed to thrive in wet conditions, this garden is influenced by UK forests, which thrive in our regular downpours. It features plants with waxy textures that glisten when wet, and ferns that hold raindrops in the soft spaces between their leaves. Rough stone planters recall the ancient forest’s natural form and collect mosses and there is a rain-collection barrel for dry spells.

The Still Garden


Design: Jane Porter

Inspired by the plants of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, this garden celebrates reuse, repurposing and heritage crafts. Reclaimed whisky casks make sculptural planters packed with bold foliage textures and soft mounds. The planting palette of greens, whites and copper-toned pinks relate to the central pond, which is a repurposed copper gin distilling pot.

Wild Kitchen Garden

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Design: Ann Treneman

Bringing wild edible plants and trees into a small urban setting, the planting in this garden is informal, colourful, airy – and tasty. The galvanised metal planters, including one for edible aquatics, were found in reclamation yards and there is a sink and prep area against the back wall. The garden is inspired in part by the recipes and writing of the late Roger Phillips.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place 24-28 May 2022

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