RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Best in Show Trade Stand

Our very beautiful stand garden achieved a Best in Show Trade Stand award at the Flower Show this year! It was designed by Nic Howard of We Love Plants to evoke the atmosphere of a traditional English country garden. See below for more about our stand.

All of our new works were present on our stand: the striking Iris Torus, the Fire Chalice and the Lirio Quill, as were many of our classic pieces including the Mantle, armillary sphere, Chalice, Dark Planet and Eveque.

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Moments from the Show

New Iris Torus sculpture lit up at nightBusy bee at work on our standNew Fire Chalice fire pit and water feature
David Harber chelsea stand at duskDavid Harber Chelsea stand wins award for Best in Show Trade StandHot pink Filium sculpture at Chelsea

Stand design

An oak framed pavilion anchors the garden whilst helping to subtly separate the space into smaller areas that showcase the beautiful sculptures within a traditional setting.

The planting at the front of the Oak Pavilion will be selected for the sunny location — a mix of perennials and grasses to create a contemporary English garden. The rear corner of the garden is where the two main vistas meet under a stand of four Quercus Ilex.

Aerial view of design for David Harber

The planting towards the back of the garden will have a woodland atmosphere with a tapestry of different foliage: ferns, Epimediums, Hakonochloa and Dicentra punctuated with spires of Digitalis alba.

The garden has also been designed with environmental sustainability in mind; the main paved surfaces will be a beautiful silver grey textured porcelain combined with English Clay pavers. The deck under the Oak pavilion will be engineered wood in a very realistic silver grey.


  • London Stone
    Supplier of Porcelain Paving stone
    London Stone supply quality natural stone paving, in-house fabricated bespoke stone and complementary hard landscaping products. The company delivers exceptional customer service and friendly, expert advice and aftercare. Showroom's across London & The Home Counties.
  • Big Hedge Co.
    Supply and installation of all Yew Hedging
  • The Millboard Company Ltd
    Grain Smoked Oak: Premium wood-free Outdoor Flooring
  • Chelmer Valley Bricks
    Yorkshire Paver supplied for the paths
  • Deepdale Trees Ltd
    Supplier of specimen and multi stem trees
  • How Green Nursery Ltd
    Growers for our show garden plants
  • North Hill Nurseries
    Suppliers of other plants for the show garden
  • Tendercare
    Rental of additional plants
  • Nicholsons
    Loan of trees for the backdrop
  • Travis Perkins
    Suppliers of all building sundries

Plant list

Sunny area

  • Topiary Buxus Balls
  • Iris germanica Sable
  • Artemesia ludoviciana Silver Queen
  • Aster divaricatus
  • Nepeta Summer Magic
  • Stipa tenuissimma
  • Salvia Caradonna
  • Nepeta Walker Low
  • Geum Mai Tai
  • Salvia Mainacht
  • Stachys Big Ears
  • Allium Christophii
  • Allium Purple Sensation
  • Cirsium rivulare Trevor's Blue

Shade area

  • Actea simplex White Pearl
  • Epimedium Elfin Queen
  • Tellima grandiflora Purpurea
  • Millium effuseum Aureum
  • Geranium macrorrhizum Ingwerse's variety
  • Astrantia major Rubra
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Carex Ice Dance
  • Geum rivale Leonard's Variety
  • Tiarella cordifolia
  • Digitalis purpurea alba
  • Hakonochloa albostriata
  • Dicentra spectabilis alba
  • Polystichum setiferum
  • Cenolophium denudatum
  • Brunnera macrophylla Variegata
  • Onoclea sensibilis


  • 4 x Carpinus betulus Globe Heads. Available after the show at £1500 each plus VAT & Delivery
  • 2 x Acer campestre multi-stems. Available after the show at £1500 each plus VAT & Delivery
  • 1 x Cornus controversa Variegata loaned from Tendercare

Boundary hedging

  • Taxus baccata loaned from Big Hedge Co.


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