That's a difficult question to answer as there are many factors that contribute to making a garden a winner. Judges tend to favour more complex gardens with a mix of evergreens, shrubs, perennials and annuals, but there are always exceptions to every rule. Above all, judges look for gardens that are unique in some way - those that stand out from the rest.
Some potentially winning gardens lose points for very basic reasons, such as:
- use of artificial plant materials in the garden or in planters
- lack of maintenance such as uncut grass, no weeding and deadheading, poor pruning techniques, clutter or garbage left in the garden.
Remember, your garden is being judged over a period of a month, so it's important to keep it in good shape. The Dos and Don'ts information has been designed to help you - make good use of it.