Hampton Court Palace flower show great for unusual plants

Starting today (July 5th), the six-day event is the largest of its kind in the world and there are more than 160 nurseries to choose from, designer Phillipa Pearson wrote in the Guardian.

Her favourites include Todd’s Botanics for drought tolerant plants, Marshalls Malmaison for carnations, Knoll Gardens for grasses, Warmhoven for interesting alliums and Chrysanthemums Direct for rooted cuttings.

“Plant must-haves are the tall Anthemis tinctoria ‘Wargrave Variety’ from Daisy Roots and Brookfield Plants’ new Hemerocallis ‘Eight Miles High’ with dark red flowers and white shark tooth edging, both in the Floral Marquee,” she added.

Culinary connoisseurs have plenty of opportunity to indulge themselves too, Ms Pearson continued, as each area has a food court serving all sorts of excellent meals and there are plenty of grassy corners in which to enjoy a picnic