Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

Posted 4th July 2012 in RHS Shows

The purpose of our garden at this year's flower show was to provide a peaceful space where the feeling of relaxation and reflection can be achieved amongst a tapestry of colourful textured planting.

The octagonal English oak island bed is centrally elevated to show off the grand ancient Spanish olive tree with it's beautiful gnarled trunk and under planting of Erigeron karvinskianus AGM and Tulbaghia violacea.

Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

The overal planting scheme is an array of herbaceous perennials, each carefully organised according to their colour, shape and textural relationship to the other. Deep purples and greens blend through to cool blues and whites, into creamy yellows and warm oranges.

Examples of the chosen plants include the long-flowering Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low', and Phygelius 'Salmon Leap' with it's orange trumpet-like flower heads.

Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

The soft feathery Stipa barbata is interwoven with the dark-crimson Knautia macedonica and a sea of flat-headed Achillea stand tall as the garden sweeps round.

Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

The Gaillardia grandiflora 'Tokajer' with it's large orange-gold bloom and ring of rich flame yellow deliver impact while the ever-versatile Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Chile Black' appears throughout to add depth and contrast.

Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

A selection of quality Agapanthus also play a key role in the design, Agapanthus 'Peter Pan' and Agapanthus africanus are among the varieties.

Gold at Hampton, two years in a row!

Let's hope 2013 will bring a hat trick!

You can view all our Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 images on Flickr

Gorgeous garden Mark, love the colour combos.
Congratulations on the gold medal AND the recent new edition to the family, hope he's not keeping you awake too much!

Ali Kent on 5th July 2012


Jonson czy on 30th March 2013
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