Water makes a charming feature in almost any garden. But a fine setting will bring even greater beauty. If a well-planted bog comes up to the pond edge and reflects on the surface, that scene is perfected. Wetland plants have particular beauty. Visit Beth Chatto's gorgeous Water- -Garden in Essex, or the drifts of Asiatic primulas at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, and you'll see what I mean.
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Chelsea Flower Show is next week. Tickets are almost sold out, but you can enjoy the show in comfort at home. You might even see more on television than when buffeted by the crowds. Chelsea is by far the world's most famous flower show. But other events over the coming months have qualities that the great London show lacks. The setting for Chelsea is superb, but some alternative venues are even prettier.