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Chelsea Flower Show: Daisy Roots drought garden wins silver

image captionThe garden features 60 species of plants that thrive in drought conditions

A nursery based in Hertfordshire has won a Silver Gilt Flora award at its Chelsea debut with a garden that thrives in drought conditions.

Created by Anne Godfrey of Daisy Roots, she said: "Although we're having a hosepipe ban [it is] still possible to have a beautiful garden."

The exhibition from the Hertford based nursery features 60 species of plants including salvia and verbascum.

Environment Agency figures show the Anglia region as the driest in England.

Ms Godfrey said: "Plants have spent millennia adapting to various conditions, creating a whole range of plants to cope with drought conditions for us.

"Plants with a waxy coating, silver leaves so they reflect the sunlight back so they don't get too hot, or tiny leaves so they have less surface areas to lose water from."

Ms Godfrey said it had long been her ambition to exhibit her nursery at Chelsea.

"Being at Chelsea was on my bucket list. Up until we arrived and started putting plants in place it was all very stressful, but I'm pleased with what we've done," she said.

"So far the whole Chelsea experience has been good. It's amazing looking around and seeing the best horticulture in the whole world.

"We've had the judges round, but as long as I'm happy and the public like it when the show opens that's all that matters."

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