'Chaos gardening' is the new method that's perfect for time-poor Brits

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week brought with it the unveiling of the latest trends in gardening. This year, the concept of Chaos Gardening is poised to take centre stage, offering garden enthusiasts a new, low-maintenance technique that promises impressive outcomes.

Echoing the principles of rewilding and the popular No Mow May, Chaos Gardening is set to become an approachable and thrilling practice for both experienced green thumbs and beginners. Chaos gardening throws conventional gardening norms to the wind, allowing plants to flourish wherever their seeds may fall.

This method promotes a carefree and easygoing style of gardening, whether you're scattering seeds for vegetables, fruits, or pollinator-friendly blooms, reports the Express.

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Colin Baily from Rewild Garden Design remarked: "Leftover seeds are of no use left in their packets as they will just deteriorate. Old seeds have a lower germination percentage, so scattering them is a good way to use them up. The end result, if vegetable seeds are mixed in, is something like a chaotic traditional potager."

Andrew O'Donoghue of Gardens Revived highlights the multiple advantages of chaos gardening. From an environmental standpoint, it enhances biodiversity, creating a sanctuary for wildlife and offering a sustainable means of food production. Financially, it is more budget-friendly than many other gardening methods and saves a significant amount of time.

Unlike the broader rewilding trend, which some gardeners found too unstructured for their backyards, Chaos Gardening allows for a more concentrated and controlled approach. Gardeners can focus their efforts on specific beds rather than letting the entire garden run wild. Despite its many advantages, chaos gardening is not without its drawbacks.

The primary downside is that gardens might lack the polished look many people strive for, given the inherently disordered nature of the method. While it is low maintenance, some upkeep is still required to prevent the garden from becoming overrun.

Regular trimming and cutting back of plants are necessary to maintain a balance and ensure the garden remains manageable. Moreover, gardeners must stay vigilant against diseases such as Botrytis and Black Spot. These fungal infections can spread quickly, and any affected flowers, buds, or leaves should be removed immediately to prevent further damage, as advised by Thompson and Morgan.