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
Anemone hupehensis var splendens
Campanula lact. Pritchards variety
Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Jewel’
Hedera helix ‘Green Ripple’
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Munstead’
Liriope muscari moneymaker
Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Chocolate’
Nepeta racemosa‘Walkers Low’
Nepeta racemosa ‘Snowflake’
Pennisetum al. ‘Little Bunny’
Rosmarinus off. Prostratus group
Salvia uliginosa ballon
Saxifraga paniculata Archdale
Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’
Thymus citriodorus Aureas
Thymus serp. ‘Snowdrift’
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
Sculpture - Hamish Mackie
Planting - Bernhards Nurseries & Palmstead
Trees - Deepdale Trees
Feature Pots - Torc Pots
Lighting - Atrium Lighting
Joinery - Alan Hayward Joinery
Paving & plinth - Bowles & Wyer
Art Work - Burnt Peach
Railing planters - Capital Garden Products
Planting substrate - Boughton Loam
Wall planters - Nkuku Life