Get the RHS Chelsea Flower Show look

The blooms you'll need to create your own Chelsea-inspired bouquet at home

The artwork for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
The artwork for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has taken inspiration from the famous Chelsea Pensioners and features early summer flowers bursting out the top of a traditional pensioner's hat.

While they look beautiful on the banners, these plants would also make a charming display at home, brightening up any fireplace, bookshelf or dining table centrepiece.

Here, we reveal the plants used in the artwork so that you can create your own little piece of Chelsea glamour at home.

Flowers used in the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show artworkHow to make a Chelsea bouquet 


Glamorous and romantic, we’ve used three different colours of peony to bring our visions for Chelsea 2019 to life.

While these large blooms make excellent cut flowers, they can also easily brighten up dull borders. Plant them in the autumn to give your garden a splash of colour in late spring.


Both the leaves and small flowers of geraniums are included in the Chelsea display. Geraniums are a large, diverse group of mostly evergreen and tender plants, often used as bedding or houseplants.


Roses are among the most popular garden plants and are a favourite with visitors to Chelsea. Hardy and easy to grow, they're useful in borders, on trellises and in containers.

The sweet-smelling blooms of roses generally burst open in summer and often continue to flower until autumn, giving you plenty of opportunity to appreciate their beautiful aroma.  

Dutch iris

Contrasting vividly with the pinks and reds of the display, you’ll notice flashes of purple bursting out of the Pensioner’s hat.

Irises provide the perfect jolt of colour to any home or garden, flowering in late spring into summer. 


The delicate flowers of hydrangea, seen in the Chelsea display as a deep pink, can pep up borders and offer some long-lasting colour, coming into bloom during late spring and lasting well into the autumn. 

Some types of hydrangea flowers change colour, depending on the pH, or acidity, of the soil. Depending on where you live, the flowers may range from shades of blue through to pinks (or similar).

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