As always at this time of year, Chelsea is the centre of the flower and gardening world. But this is the year when dried flowers arrived. In Chelsea Flower Show there were 2 stands that featured dried flowers in the Great Pavilion. The most notable was The Salutation Garden https://www.the-salutation.com/gardens/ . They received Gold for their stunning display of dried seed heads and grasses. The whole stand apart from one dome-shaped Buxus was decorated with dried stems with all their brittle beauty.
Another stand featuring seed heads was the National Allium Collection featuring not just the beautiful flowers in full bloom but some of the amazing seedheads of Allium shubertii and Allium.
Chelsea In Bloom now in its 14th year chose the theme of ‘Under the Sea’ and the designers and florists went really wild with this one. With nearly 90 shops, hotels and restaurants taking part there was so much to see. There were sea horses, Octopus and starfish and a fantastic Orca Whale at the top of Pavilion Road. However, there was also a more serious message about sustainability and the plastic in the oceans too with many displays.
Outside in the busy streets of Chelsea, dried flowers were in even more abundance. From the stunning coral wreath ceiling of https://www.rabbit-restaurant.com/ created by https://lucyvailfloristry.com/ that was completely bedecked with dried flowers, dried grasses and seashells through the whole ceiling in an array of colours to the quirky starfish at https://www.jigsaw-online.com/ designed and installed by https://graceandthorn.com/. Some of our products were featured here such as Phalaris green http://www.atlasflowers.co.uk/phalaris-green-natural-dried-grass-bunch/broom bloom pink http://www.atlasflowers.co.uk/dried-broom-bloom-preserved-bleached-pink-bunches/palm spears http://www.atlasflowers.co.uk/dried-palm-spear-natural,
The starfish body was made up of dried Statice, dried palm fans, bleached broom bloom and Craspedia. Grace and Thorn even provided in-store vases of dried flowers and dried flower bouquets to Jigsaw as part of an in-store promotion. Outside they created seaside rocks with a mix of dried lichens, bleached broom bloom and dried proteas.
Dried flowers featured right in the centre of Sloane Square with a huge installation by https://www.allforlovelondon.com/ and the huge front of store installation at https://www.freepeople.com/uk/ by https://www.weareworm.com/ there were dried grasses and palms mixed with fresh stems and vibrant orange marigolds.
The https://www.onepeloton.co.uk store was wonderfully decorated by www.lumenfloral.com with Pampas, Erianthus, Timothy and Miscanthus grasses. Amaranthus flowers both the upright and trailing forms in red and green along with Briza, Protea and Achillea, and add in a few palm fans and a spectacular entrance was created.
A colourful mossy sea bed was created at https://www.stories.com using beautiful tonal mixes of reindeer moss, seashells and statice amongst many other materials and flowers.
Charlotte from https://www.wildwoodlondon.co.uk/ created a stunning window display at https://www.frenchconnection.com which really brought the colours of their rugs and cushions in the window to life. The arrangement featured palm fans, Setaria and red Amaranthus caudatus.
There were so many installations to see and so much to inspire using the textures and colours of dried flowers but also mixing in all sorts of materials such as fresh flowers, ferns, succulents, mosses and seashells to mention just a few. The key message this year was one of sustainability and we’d like to think that the dried flowers and grasses used for Chelsea in Bloom will be used over and over again, making them a really key part of the message.