Chelsea Flower Show – Garden #8


The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Cleve West (2012)

This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th century.

The garden uses controlled structure, including beech hedging and yew topiary forms, that contrast with looser layers of herbaceous plants. The yew forms represent the history, stability and creativity of Brewin Dolphin and stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants. This create a sense of timelessness with a hint of mystery.

Another masterpiece in planting design, which is so often the reason I fall in love with a garden, be it a show garden, or other.

And look at this for a plant list:

Herbaceous Perennials
Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ Bears breeches Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ Monkshood
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia
Blue dogbane
Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’
Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia x hybrida ‘Green Apples’ Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Ruby Port’ Granny’s bonnet
Bupleurum falcatum Thoroughwax
Campanula trachelium Nettle-leaved bellflower
Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’
Mountain cranesbill ‘Bill Wallis’
Gillenia trifoliata Bowmans root
Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ Heuchera greenfinch
Iris sibirica ‘Gull’s Wing’ Siberian iris
Iris sibirica ‘Tropic Night’ Siberian iris
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’
Spotted deadnettle
Libertia grandiflora New Zealand satin flower Linaria purpurea Purple toadflax
Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ Mathiesella Meum athamanticum Spignel
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ Red leafed mukdenia Paeonia ‘Red Charm’ Peony red charm
Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’ Semi double peony Seseli libanotis Moon carrot
Thalictrum aquilegifolium ‘Album’ Meadow rue Trifolium ochroleucon Sulphur clover
Valeriana officinalis Common valerian

Allium atropurpureum Purple-flowered onion Allium nigrum Ornamental onion
Allium stipitatum ‘Mount Everest’ Ornamental onion Allium schubertii Ornamental onion
Camassia leichtlinii ‘Semiplena’ Camassia Nectaroscordum siculum Sicilian honey garlic

Asplenium scolopendrium Hart’s tongue fern Blechnum spicant Deer fern
Cyrtomium falcatum Holly leaf fern Dryopteris erythrosora Buckler fern

Annual Grasses
Hordeum jubatum Squirrel tail grass
Pennisetum villosum Feathertop
Polypogon monspeliensis Annual rabbit’s foot grass

Fagus Sylvatica (Hedging) Common beech Tilia Platyphyllos (Pollarded) Lime
Taxus Baccata (Topiary) Common yew
Anemanthele lessoniana Pheasant’s tail grass Briza media Quaking grass

Agrostemma githago Corncockle
Ammi majus ‘Graceland’ Bishop’s Flower
Ammi visnaga Bishop’s Flower
Antirrhinum majus ‘Black Prince’ Snapdragon
Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’ Cornflower
Centranthus cyanus ‘Jubilee Gem’ Cornflower
Daucus carota ‘Dara’ Wild carrot
Nigella damascena ‘Albion Black Pod’
Nigella hispanica ‘Midnight Blue’ Love-in-a-mist Omphalodes linifolia Venus’ navelwort
Orlaya grandiflora White lace flower
Papaver rhoeas ‘Bridal Silk’ Poppy
Papaver somniferum ‘Black Paeonia’ Peony poppy Salvia horminum ‘Marble Arch Blue’ Salvia

Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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