Designed to inspire the use of reclaimed materials, and to demonstrate that they can be used to create a stylish garden.
The design comprises an area of decking made from recycled scaffold boards that would have gone to land-fill. They have been sanded to reveal the beauty of natural materials, whatever their origin. The charcoal grey fence is constructed from marine plywood and forms a striking contrast to the planting. The colour red, representing energy and warmth, is used as a main theme for flowering plants and accessories.
This small show garden measures just 3 x 4m. It has a circle of oak decking surrounded by plants and enclosed by walls, forming an attractive, private area to sit and enjoy a cup of tea in the morning sun.
The planting has structural shapes in the form of grasses such as:
- Miscanthus saccheriflorus,
- Stipa arundinacea,
- Buxus sempervirens clipped in the shape of balls and spirals.
- These strong shapes are complimented by flowering plants:
- Helenium Moerheim Beauty,
- Geum Mrs Bradshaw,
- Calendulas officinalis
- Alchemilla mollis.
Lavender, thyme and purple sage have been incorporated into the planting plan so that their essential oils are released in the sunshine adding scent to the garden.
A spiral of black uprights mirror the shape of the deck and provide structure to the plant border. The garden is surrounded by pale blue/grey rendered walls, topped with burnt orange stripes that pick up the rich colours of the flowers.