|Inspired by Libyan ruins. The handmade hatched texture of the concrete columns and the plant palette call up 50s textiles|
The herbaceous planting focuses on flower head shape: the 'plates' of Achillea taygetea (mustard yellow that fades - very nice and seen a lot this year), globes of allium, domed umbels of Anthriscus and parsnip, spikes of Camassia and Stachys, screens of fennel foliage. Brightest red buttons of Dianthus cruentas sing out (a new plant for Chelsea; Alan Titchmarsh confused it with D. carthusianorum, which is pink, and which has been in fashion of late with Nigel Dunnett's take on prairie planting). You can't have a show garden without a multi-stemmed tree; in this case Sophora japonica, which would have great autumn colour and big sculptural seed pods.
Some of my pictures were used in Landscape magazine’s July edition, pp38 - 39
|there are 5 all together|
|Sphora japonica, Acanthus mollis 'Rue Ledan'|