As much as we would like the ‘H’ in ‘RHS’ to stand for ‘Hedge’, we have to acknowledge that the society’s interests are broader. Nonetheless, their annual show at Chelsea always offers the hedge-lover something to savour. Here’s our first selection of gardens for the hedge enthusiast at THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2015…
L’Occitane: A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse
Designer: James Basson
The perfume industries based around Grasse in south-east France has been declining for some time and many of the fields of that were once planted with Lavender are now overgrown and untended. However, a revival is on the way and this garden reflects both Grasse’s history and hope for a revitalised future. Lavender, of course, feature strongly as do Rosemary hedges.
Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden
Designer: Chris Beardshaw
Given the cost of a show garden, we shouldn’t be surprised that sponsors increasingly view their support as a PR opportunity. Hence Morgan Stanley’s 2015 garden reflects their Healthy Cities philanthropic project. According to their brief: “The formal geometry of paths, hedges and walls symbolises the physical infrastructure of a community, while vibrant plants denote the social elements within as they are diverse in origin, colour and character but work together to form a successful community.”
The Telegraph Garden
Designer: Marcus Barnett
De Stijl was a Dutch modernist art movement that flourished from 1917 to 1931. Geometric in style, it is typified by the paintings of Piet Mondrian – the inspiration for Marcus Barnett’s Telegraph garden. Precisely clipped hedges mark out small, rectilinear spaces that are blocked in primary colours and are also used, with trees, to add a vertical dimension. Softer greens and whites are featured for balance.