If you’ve just returned from London and a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, you’re probably brimming with inspiration.
Even if you’ve just seen it trending on Instagram, you’re probably blown away by the multitude of flowers, plants, grounds and even animals.
The gardens have been a draw since 1840, and today encompass 50 000 different plants in its living collection, 7 million preserved specimens not to mention the world’s oldest plant, the cycad.
With so much variety it can be difficult to know where to start and how to bring the look to your home garden. While you may not be able to grow the variety of plants seen at Kew, you can implement a bold colour statement: choose monochromatic plants, contrasting hues, or a kaleidoscopic palette.
Kew showcases row upon row of beautiful produce. This may not be feasible in a small space, apartment patio or container. Instead, intersperse vegetables with flowers: calendula and tomatoes; nasturtiums and zucchini; marigolds and cabbage.
One of the hallmarks of Kew are the many looser, less formal settings: cottage style plantings, a sea of bluebells, a children’s garden. At home, cram a variety of plants together, it will deter weeds and look fabulous.
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This original gardening article first appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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