Like many of 2020’s events, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has gone digital this week, offering a line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice – all from the comfort of your home. For those of us lucky enough to have an outdoor space to garden, lockdown has proven an ideal time to perfect your green fingers and reap the health benefits of being outside. We asked our ANNA girls to share pictures of their mood-boosting gardens and favourite flowers...
Cow parsley (left) and grape hyacinths and acer (right) - photos by Sandy (Primrose Hill)
Sandy from our Primrose Hill store is an avid photographer of all things wildlife, and often takes snaps of the glorious flora all year round. Spending time outside is good for your bones, the sun prompts your body to create much-needed vitamin D, and we can’t think of a better way to soak up the sun than flower spotting on our daily walks.
Lupins, arum lilies and acers (above) - pictured in Jade's (Primrose Hill) garden, Norfolk
Best planted in Spring, lupines come in many varieties and colours to add vibrancy to your herbaceous borders. They’re easy to manage, provided you give them plenty of water! Like all herbaceous plants, they can be planted in Spring for the best results through to October!
There’s something about wearing florals in the summer - it just feels so right. Anna wears Primrose Park London’s Simi skirt teamed with Five’s tee for an easy everyday look, perfect for days relaxing in the garden.
Pansies, fatsia and marigolds (top left), 'Angel Wings', delphiniums and purple pansies (top right), and Osteospermum 'African daisy' (bottom) - pictures from Jane, Bury St Edmunds and Jade, Norfolk
A great way to keep your plants all year round is to put them in gardening pots; that way you can move them inside if they can’t handle the weather of the cooler months. Containers filled with seasonal or permanent plants are extremely versatile. They can brighten up a corner of the garden, provide handy herbs by the kitchen or make the entrance look welcoming.
Anna's garden in Burnham Market, Norfolk (table and chairs from Garden Trading Co.)
Designed by Charlie Batch, a local landscape gardener, Anna's garden in Burnham Market is the perfect place for her and family to unwind for a bit of peace and serenity. Plus, if the weather permits, the ideal area to get a bit of work done or have an alfresco supper.
Why not dress to impress in your garden?! Even if it’s only for your family’s eyes (or perhaps nosey neighbours!), one of the most effective ways to boost your mood is to dress up in your favourite frocks. Anna wears the floral One Season 'Sunshine' dress, perfect for the balmy weather while spending time in the garden and to pay tribute to the CRHS.
White hydrangeas (left) and blue agapanthus (right) -pictures from Dawn's garden, Bury St Edmunds
The dramatic Agapanthus hail from South Africa and worship the sun - treat them to the conditions they love and they’ll reward you with showy blooms for years to come. Gardening isn't just about making your house look good (although, it’s definitely a silver lining), caring for plants can also do wonders for your own wellbeing. The physical exercise from gardening can contribute to a healthy weight and blood pressure levels, and just interacting with flora can improve your mood and mental health.
Lupins surrounded by hosta and dicentra (left) and a dreamy set-up with bunting (left) - pictures by Nicky (Saffron Walden)
It’s a proven fact that gardening can relieve stress, and we certainly wouldn’t find any reason to stress if we were chilling in this garden. Complete with bunting and potted greenery, curling up with a good read on those comfy seats on a summer’s evening seems oh so appealing.
A wall of roses and euphorbia (left) and an olive tree (right) - taken by Juliette (Primrose Hill) in her garden in Dorchester
We’re pretty sure, if you squint your eyes and use your imagination, the images of Juliette's garden in Dorchester can transport you to the Italian countryside! Complete with an olive tree and euphorbia, we can almost smell the delicious scent of the wall roses through the screen.
Watering the vegetable patches - picture by Pascale (Saffron Walden)
Growing your own food can help you eat healthier and there’s never been a better time to dedicate your time to cultivating your greens. Pascale’s veg area (complete with tiny watering helper) has been a result of the lockdown, so her and her family can become more self-sufficient.