There were plenty of interesting sights at The Chelsea Flower Show this week to take my mind off the chilly weather.
This is one of the gardens that I found myself taking lots of photos of and standing for ages to contemplate all the subtle details in it.
It’s been designed by Christopher Bradley Hole and is inspired by three elements:
- the English landscape
- the Japanese approach to making gardens
- modern abstract art
The garden is viewed from a collonade of English oak on two sides of the garden.
The planting consisted of simple hazel trees, trimmed to form elegant shapes
and squares of trimmed yew and box interspersed with mini meadows that have flashes of flower colour in them.
I liked the details of the timber joints, one is a typical English dovetail
the other a Japanese method of joining timber together.
It’s refreshing to see a different lay-out for one of the main show gardens. There was no reliance on a building to sit in or division of the garden into thirds, which is the usual lay-out.
So what can you take away from this and use in your own garden?
- having an idea before you start of how it’s all going to look and fit together
- using restraint and not being tempted to include all the things you like
- that colour and flowers whilst lovely, are not the only way to make a garden look beautiful.
I spoke to a few people who didn’t admire the garden, did you like it?
images: Jill Anderson