Bloom 2015 : Colour, colour, colour!

Show Gardens, like Fashion Shows, do not reflect reality. They are there to provoke thought, make an impact, showcase trends and hopefully inspire.

If there was a defining word for this year’s Bloom Garden Festival, in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, it would be ‘Colour‘ !

Bright colourful planting of course but colour spread itself onto walls, fencing, sheds and props – a lift to the spirits after Ireland’s dull cool Spring.

Turquoise, purple, blue and more adorned the vertical surfaces :

Bloom 2015

Bloom 2015

and bright colour featured prominently on fencing and props:

Bloom 2015

Super Garden Winner, Brian Burke’s garden – an easily accessible space, with Insect hotel & plants for pollinators visible

The Irish Country magazine garden featured many of the current trends of upcycling, edible gardening and bright colour.

Bloom 2015

Irish Country Magazine garden designed by Fiann Ó Nualláin and Lisa Kelly.

Bloom 2015

The Irish Country Magazine garden featured key trends such as edible gardening and upcycling as well as using lots of colour.

There was carefully orchestrated colour too amongst the planting schemes.

We loved the restful soft colours – white Agapanthus, foxgloves and yellow Geums amongst lots of greenery – on the elegant Solus Garden of Light designed by Alan Rudden.

Bloom 2015

Solus Garden of Light, designed by Alan Rudden

Bloom 2015

Bloom 2015

Solus Garden of Light, with areas of shade and light.

The ‘Darkness into Light’ Pieta House Garden, designed by Niall Maxwell,  with its contrasting box globes, waving grasses, Anthriscus and Irises.

Bloom 2015

‘Darkness into Light’ Pieta House Garden.

Bloom 2015

The stunning blues, mauves and purples of the “Our Origin is Green” garden by Jane McCorkell.

Bloom 2015

Our Origin is Green by Jane McCorkell

Bloom 2015

Design by Jane Mc Corkell. The figure represents the reflective period that Ireland is undergoing in the wake of austerity.

Bloom 2015

Repeat planting was a key trend and Stars of the Show were white foxgloves

But what is a garden without good seating to relax and enjoy it? There was plenty of inspiration.

Bloom 2015

Relaxing with a good book – Beauty Full by Fiann Ó Nualláin

Bloom 2015

A seating haven

Bloom 2015

The sanctuary on the Ronald McDonald House Charity garden

Bright colours, bubbling water and great upstairs/downstairs seating on the Crumlin Childrens Hospital Garden.

Bloom 2015

The Crumlin Children’s Hospital Garden presented by Kildare Growers, by Anthony Ryan and Kieran Dunne

And then there were the Concept Gardens, designed to provoke thought.

The brilliantly executed Pan Garden by Liat and Oliver Schumann inspired by the latest Peter Pan movie :

Bloom 2015

Pan garden

and the lyrical beauty of the Yeats’ Secret Garden in Sligo, designed by Lorely Forrester, where visitors could be overheard reciting excerpts from the poem which inspired it .

Bloom 2015

Yeats’s Secret Garden in Sligo

Very impressive too was the GOAL garden, designed by Joan Mallon, which showcased sustainable gardening practices in East Africa.

Bloom 2015

GOAL garden

Bloom 2015

GOAL garden

So what ideas and trends could we take home and apply to our own gardens?

  • Bold use of colour in planting or on painted surfaces
  • Contrast areas of shade and light
  • Even in a small space edible gardening is possible
  • Create interesting vantage points to view your garden
  • Use art or murals to create year-round interest.
  • Repeat planting of a single species for impact
  • Imaginative upcycling and recycling
  • Define a good seating area so that you can enjoy your labours
  • Use of water – still and contemplative or  moving and lively – adds an extra dimension.

And during Bloom, Bord Bia revealed, in a survey of over 1,800 people, that the rose remains Ireland’s favourite flower, followed by lavender, daffodils and tulips.

Perhaps foxgloves may be on that list next year!

 

 

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