This was the first year that I've been to RHS Chelsea Flower Show and would like to ask those of you who have been before if repetition of flowers runs through the show gardens is common. I’m specifically talking about Aquilegia ‘Ruby Port’, It seemed to be in every show garden at Chelsea.
I understand that certain flowers are used a lot due to their popularity and seasonality, but for so many designers to have used exactly the same cultivar I find a bit strange. Do the designers collaborate to discuss their planting list to create continuity throughout the show or does the RHS suggest that they use certain plants in their design. If anyone can shed some light on this I would be most grateful.