RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 – Garden #3

A Room With A View – Designed by Mike Harvey (Arun Landscapes)

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Designed and built on a budget of only £15,000, the owners of ‘A Room with a View’ have had a kitchen extension. To save money, the excavated topsoil from the extension has been used to lift the garden towards the new sleeper deck viewing platform rather than being removed afterwards, which would have been expensive.

Reclaimed sculpted sleeper stepping stones lead up to the deck, which is partially surrounded by a reclaimed timber screen and a rusty steel curtain. The muted tones of the wood and metal are reflected in the green, silver and brown colour palette of the planting scheme. The sculpted timber seats and metal fire make this the perfect spot to savour a beer in the evening and enjoy the views.

A gold medal winning, wonderfully understated garden with big impact. The subtle planting palette includes pencil-thin Cupressus sempervirens which punctuate an understory of Rosemary officinalis, Santolina ludoviciana, Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’, Gaura lindheimeri, Eryngiums, Echinaceas, Verbascum and Anthemis punctata.

For more information go to http://www.arunlandscapes.co.uk

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Garden #1

ATHANASIA Designed by David Sarton

20130714-212655.jpgThis beautiful little show garden was my favourite in the show this year. Largely reminiscent of our own garden, it’s a woodland garden offering a calming retreat from the turmoil of modern life.

Athanasia is a place for reflection, rest and a celebration of the beauty of nature. It is a serene garden that offers a moment of tranquility, as well as hope for the future.

The design was inspired by the sudden death of Emma Peios in 2012 from leukaemia. Amongst other things, Emma was a founder member of the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association (PGP).

What struck me most about this garden was its simplicity. Just five wooden, seating blocks are nestled snugly within the garden, offering the visitor an intimate view of the exquisite woodland planting. This planting comprises:

Acer campestre
Amelanchier lamarckii
Asplenium scoloprendrium
Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata’
Actaea simplex
Ajuga reptans ‘Atropurpurea’
Astrantia major
Brunnera macrophylla
Digitalis parviflora (probably the most used plant in the snow this year)
Epimediums
Geraniums
Tiarella wherryi

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20130714-214200.jpgA well observed, understated and truly beautiful garden.

For more information go to http://www.weald-design.co.uk

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