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The Morgan Stanley Garden

For this year’s Morgan Stanley Garden, designer Chris Beardshaw has been inspired by the UK’s love of gardens and explores how gardeners can continue the tradition of creating beautiful herbaceous spaces, whilst managing resources more sensitively.

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The project considers how gardeners can move away from the linear practices of ‘extract, consume, discard’ towards a more sustainable, circular approach, where materials and products are kept in circulation as long as possible and waste is minimised. The garden includes several design motifs that subtly express this transition from linear to circular. The formal porcelain terrace at the front of the garden is punctuated by large topiary Taxus domes; the straight lines of the pathway gradually fragment into a more sinuous route which weaves through the planting and over a central rill, towards two relaxation pods at the rear of the garden. The contemporary pods interplay with each other, referencing the linear and circular and offering a space to reflect. 

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Chris and his team have considered how the use of innovative ideas, materials and products can be applied throughout the entire process of creating a Show Garden, from the original design, the growing of the plants, and the Garden’s final construction.Chris hopes that The Morgan Stanley Garden will inspire conversations around some of the more sustainable choices that are becoming available to garden lovers today.  A plantsman at heart, Chris is renowned for his florally rich designs and this year’s Morgan Stanley Garden feature over 2000 herbaceous perennials which are being grown by Kelways in Somerset, one of the UK’s oldest independent nurseries. 

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

As part of Chris’ desire to reduce the environmental footprint of the garden, Kelways have agreed to grow the plants in the latest taupe plastic pots which have been made for the commercial horticultural sector from UK post-consumer plastic waste. The pots have been created without black carbon pigment content which enable the pots to be recycled through the UK’s kerbside recycling scheme, allowing the consumer to dispose of their pots in a way that has not been possible before.

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Traditional herbeaceous borders are very beautiful but often considered to be labour and resource intensive. Chris wants to show that with a considered selection of plant cultivars and with an emphasis on suitable plant combinations, borders can flourish and a self-sustaining plant community can be established. 

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Chris has carefully selected a range of herbaceous plants which are being grown without the use of additional heat or heavy fertilisers to bring them to show condition. Plants include unusual but resilient perennials such as Amsonia tabernaemontana, Euphorbia pasteurii and Oenothera versicolour. Trees are a key element in Chris’ design.  This year’s feature specimens include a large Pinus Nigra with a dramatically curved trunk, which creates a stunning piece of natural sculpture in the Garden. 

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This windblown tree was an accident of nature which would generally have been discarded by a nursery but instead the nurseryman decided to celebrate its idiosyncracy and let it flourish. As well as plant selections, Chris and his team have considered what innovative and more sustainable choices can be applied to the construction of the Garden.  During the build of the Show Garden, they will be working with some of the latest ‘greener’ materials and products. More details of which will be revealed later in Spring.

The Morgan Stanley Garden by garden designer Chris Beardshaw Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Morgan Stanley and Chris have always championed the reuse of Show Gardens. This year’s Morgan Stanley Garden will have a beneficial life after RHS Chelsea Flower Show, when the thousands of plants and high-quality landscape materials will be repurposed within three selected London based community garden projects.

Plant list


Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group



Crataegus monogyna
Pinus nigra subsp. nigra
Zelkova serrata



Taxus baccata


Herbaceous Plants

Acanthus spinosus
Crambe cordifolia
Alchemilla mollis
Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Angelica archangelica
Asplenium scolopendrium
Cynara cardunculus
Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve'
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Dryopteris filix-mas
Dryopteris wallichiana
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Melianthus major
Geranium pratense 'Mrs Kendall Clark'
Polystichum setiferum
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht'
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Origanum vulgare
Tellima grandiflora
Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker'
Euphorbia palustris
Euphorbia polychroma
Rosa 'Jacqueline du Pre'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'
Centaurea montana
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
Helleborus x sternii
Erodium manescaui
Gillenia trifoliata
Geranium 'Patricia'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'
Saxifraga umbrosa
Rosa 'Ballerina'
Polemonium yezoense var. hidakanum 'Bressingham Purple'
Lupinus 'Polar Princess'
Hesperis matronalis
Cerastium tomentosum
Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'
Allium nigrum
Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima'
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Nepeta subsessilis
Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Feesey'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Tradescantia Andersoniana Group 'Concord Grape'
Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'
Thymus Coccineus Group
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Paeonia lactiflora 'White Wings'
Lupinus 'Masterpiece'
Erigeron 'Profusion'
Lavandula stoechas
Oenothera versicolor 'Sunset Boulevard'
Anthemis punctata subsp cupaniana
Nectaroscordum siculum
Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony'
Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum'
Viola 'Belmont Blue'
Lamium orvala f. albiflorum
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais'
Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires'
Rosa 'Our Beth'
Verbascum 'Clementine'
Geranium 'Blushing Turtle'
Rosa 'Louise Odier'
Asphodelus albus
Erigeron annuus
Agapanthus 'Northern Star'
Geranium x oxonianum 'Katherine Adele'
Erigeron 'Dignity
Geranium 'Azure Rush'
Rosa 'Saint Ethelburga'
Geranium x magnificum 'Blue Blood'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Immaculee'
Rhodiola rosea
Lupinus 'Persian Slipper'
Digitalis 'Illumination Flame' (Illumination Series)
Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety)
Gladiolus italicus
Ornithogalum ponticum 'Sochi'
Geum 'Alabama Slammer' (Cocktails Series)