Back in 2015 at Chelsea Flower Show, I wanted to find the top plants that make you happy. Using facial recognition cameras, special software tracked eye movements, expression and engagement to find the most positive plants.
In first place came Lily of the Valley, fragrant and delicate; this beautiful bloom was used in Kate Middleton’s wedding bouquet. These white, bell-shaped flowers evoke memories of woodland walks and can be grown in your garden in clay or loam soil in a shaded spot.
Sweet peas came in second and jasmine ranked third, which shows that fragrance is a huge influence, as delightful aromas can take us back to happy memories and times with loved ones.