5 garden design trends everyone will want to copy from the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

We’ve scoured the show gardens and incredible plant displays at this year’s event to bring you some of the key looks you’ll want for your own outdoor space

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There can’t be many better ways to start the week than looking round the inspirational gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. From the magnificent Show Gardens and the smaller but no less beautiful Artisan Gardens to the Great Pavilion packed with every type of flower and plant you can imagine, we were spoiled for choice when it came to looking for inspiration for our own outdoor spaces.  

Here are some of our top picks for the trends that could be making their way to an outside space near you very soon…

1. Make an impact with copper

No longer simply the domain of kitchen accessories and bath taps, it seems that the rose-coloured tones of copper are going to be a popular fixture in our gardens, too. 

From the simple but elegant copper stools in the Warner Edwards Garden to the citrus peel-inspired copper sculpture and laser-cut wall panels in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, it’s clear that this stunning material can make just as much impact outdoors as it can in.  

Garden with copper sculpture and copper wall panels

The Silent Pool Gin Garden designed by David Neale

(Image: © RHS/Sarah Cuttle)

Small garden with two copper seats and a stone wall

The Warner Edwards Garden designed by Kate Savill

(Image: © RHS/Tim/Sandall)

2. Choose patterned paving 

We love a statement floor tile at Real Homes, and the great news is they will look just as effective outdoors as they will in your kitchen or bathroom. 

The monochrome simplicity of the paving in the New West End Garden caught our eye, and we think this look would be perfect for adding impact to a small urban garden. 

Or if you’re after ideas on how to create a feature pathway, The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden illustrates how mixing and matching patterned tiles can create a striking patchwork effect.  

Modern garden with black and white paving

New West End Garden designed by Kate Gould  

(Image: © RHS/Sarah Cuttle)

Patterned paving leading to a modern wooden garden bench

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden by Kati Crome  

(Image: © RHS/Tim/Sandall)

3. Get creative with graffiti

If you’re looking for a contemporary way to brighten up a blank garden wall, take a look at the way The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden blends colour and personality with this eye-catching graffiti design. 

As a vibrant backdrop to an outdoor terrace, this would be a talking point at any outdoor party so put your creative skills to the test and get decorating.  

Contemporary garden space with a vibrant graffiti-style wall in the background

The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden designed by Laura Anstiss

(Image: © RHS/Sarah Cuttle)

4. Create a space to escape from it all 

We all need that happy place where we can get away from the stresses of the day, and your outdoor space can often provide the perfect spot to unwind. 

Whether it’s a seating area surrounded by calming and colourful planting or a bespoke garden room where you can while away the hours whatever the weather, there were so many inspiring spaces on show. 

Our favourites? The cedar pavilion in Chris Beardshaw’s Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC and the contemporary curved  white pod in the Cherub HIV garden.   

Cedar garden room with outdoor deck surrounded by planting

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC designed by Chris Beardshaw – winner of this year's best show garden

(Image: © RHS/Neil Hepworth)

Modern garden pod with curved white walls

The Cherub HIV garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen

(Image: © RHS/Sarah Cuttle)

5. Make your outdoor seating take centre stage 

Outdoor seating areas are certainly nothing new, but the sunken sofa area in the stylish LG Eco-City Garden has made it onto our lust list for how it cleverly puts you in amongst the planting at the heart of the garden. 

Creating a central garden terrace surrounded by a series of raised beds would be an effective way to make this idea work in a smaller setting.  

Contemporary garden with large outdoor seating area with corner sofas

The LG Eco-City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang

(Image: © RHS/Neil Hepworth)

6. Plant of the moment

If there’s one plant that’s hogging the limelight at this year’s show, it’s the lupin. Spotted in many of the Show Gardens as well as in the Great Pavilion, you won’t need to look too hard to find one if you're visiting the show. 

Perfect for adding height and colour to borders, as well as for attracting bumblebees, it should definitely be on your garden wishlist this year.  

Colourful display of lupins

The incredible display of lupins by Westcountry Nurseriesin the Great Pavilion

(Image: © Beth Murton)