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Green Sky Pocket Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show September 2021 

James was very excited to be invited to design and install a small show garden at Chelsea in 2021 in the new balcony garden exhibit alongside 4 other designers.  Also the first time ever that Chelsea has been held in September!  

About the garden:

This lush green sky pocket garden has been designed as an antidote for busy city living, a perfectly formed oasis in the clouds.  The garden illustrates how best to maximise every part of our outdoor space.  It is designed to be attractive from within, but also have a therapeutic quality for inhabitants looking outwards, improving mental health and well-being.  


Vegetation cloaks the whole garden with a green roof build up utilised, minimising the amount of hard standing, and encouraging human interaction with plants.  A flexible and adaptable mix of ornamental plants, scented species, and edibles are used.  

Planting includes robust green roof species that are tolerant of shallow soil depths and exposed conditions, mixed in with other garden plants.  The idea is to encourage experimentation through trial and error with planting, particularly with small clusters of herbs and edible plants.  A simple and practical timber storage bench provides the ideal spot to sit back and enjoy the surroundings with feature pots, sculpture and art work.

RHS CFS Highlights (See from minute 48) 

BBCR4  Gardeners question Time


Arbutus unedo 



Anemone hupehensis var splendens 

Campanula lact. Pritchards variety

Coriandrum sativum 

Chillis mixed

Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Jewel’

Erigeron karvinskianus

Gaura lindheimeri 

Hakonechola macra

Hedera helix ‘Green Ripple’

Jasione laevis 

Lavendula angustifolia ‘Munstead’

Liriope muscari moneymaker

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Chocolate’

Nasella tenuissima 

Nepeta racemosa‘Walkers Low’

Nepeta racemosa ‘Snowflake’

Ocimum basilicum

Pennisetum al. ‘Little Bunny’

Petroselinum crispum 

Polypodium vulgare

Rosmarinus off. Prostratus group

Rosmarinus officinalis 

Salvia officinalis

Salvia uliginosa ballon 

Salvia lyrata

Saxifraga paniculata Archdale

Sempervivum mixed

Silene schafta

Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’

Viola mixed

Thymus citriodorus Aureas

Thymus serp. ‘Snowdrift’

Thymus vulgaris

A huge thank you has to go to my contractor and the suppliers for making the garden possible.  Please do check them all out as they are amazing!

Contractor - The Landscaping Consultants

Garden Landscaping in Guildford, Horsham & Kingston | The Landscaping Consultants

Sculpture - Hamish Mackie

Hamish Mackie: The Sculptor and his Bronze Wildlife Sculptures

Planting - Bernhards Nurseries & Palmstead

Bernhards Nurseries (

Welcome to Palmstead | Palmstead

Trees - Deepdale Trees

Home - Deepdale Trees (

Feature Pots - Torc Pots

Torc Pots

Lighting - Atrium Lighting

Welcome to Atrium | Independent Lighting Specialist

Joinery - Alan Hayward Joinery

Alan Hayward Joinery Ltd (

Paving & plinth  - Bowles & Wyer

Bowles & Wyer Expert, award winning garden designers & landscape architects (

Art Work - Burnt Peach

Burnt Peach

Railing planters - Capital Garden Products

Capital Garden Products - fibreglass pots, tubs, planters, troughs, window boxes, urns, water features and wall fountains (

Planting substrate - Boughton Loam

Home - Boughton

Wall planters - Nkuku Life

Nkuku | Ethical & Eco-Friendly Homeware, Furniture & Lighting

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