How gardening has changed in the last 100 years

Roger Platts, the award-winning garden designer, has taken a look at the last 100 years of gardening and found that most of it hasn’t changed a jot.

His stimulus has been the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Reporting in the Cambridge News, Roger states that he sees the changes in architecture, climate and lifestyle as being the drivers of variations in garden design.

He has seen short-lived trends in plants for special weather conditions and recommends sticking to those tolerant of a wide range of weathers.  Low maintenance gardens will always remain popular, especially for the working person.

His predictions for 2013?  He likes the phrases ‘disease-free’, ‘easy to grow’ and ‘uncomplicated’ – that sounds like it would suit most of us!

One of the historic facts Roger lists is how greenhouse heating was generated using solid fuel and manure – how things have changed!

His garden design for Chelsea this year will feature modern facets but with a tweak of history, introduced through using traditional shrubs to maintain an element of the ever-popular classic garden design.

To read more about the history of gardens, see

Author: Robert Smith