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Friday, May 23, 2008

Chelsea: The Daily Telegraph Garden

The RHS site says about this garden
"The theme of The Daily Telegraph Garden is simplicity. Hard elements have been reduced to a minimum, while restrained planting and water come to the fore, encouraging reflection of light and contemplation. The garden was inspired by the purity and restraint found in Japanese gardens.
The garden is a contrast of vertical and horizontal elements; of planting and water; of hard and soft.
A stone-edged, rectangular pool of water fills the space of the garden, and is softened by planting on two sides. A serpentine path of stone, crossed by ribbons of white waterlilies (Nymphaea alba), links the front of the garden to the planting at the back, and leads the eye towards a bamboo thicket.
The pool is punctuated by sculptural rocks, half submerged in the pool, and four trees that frame the views and lend a sense of permanence to the garden, and a sense of age and height to the composition. The largest of these trees is Pterocarya fraxinifolia chosen for its association with water.
The plants in the garden were selected for their strong visual association and effect. Simplicity and precision are key to the planting design. Large green leaves (including Gunnera), grey leaves, vertical bamboo and iris, rounded shrubs and roses create a rhythm. "
I must say that this was my second favourite. I loved its simplicity. This one and yesterdays had the same restricted colour palette...green and white. I thought both were lovely because of this restraint.

The planting was simple....here is a list of the plants....

 Alchemilla mollis
 Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest'
 Amelanchier lamarckii
 Athyrium nipponicum var. pictum
 Buxus
 Camassia white-flowered
 Campanula poscharskyana
 Cornus kousa
 Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
 Gunnera manicata
 Hakonechloa macra
 Hebe
 Hedera species
 Iris sibirica
 Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
 Osmanthus heterophyllus
 Phyllostachys aurea
 Phyllostachys sulphurea f. viridis
 Pterocarya fraxinifolia
 Pyrus salicifolia
 Roses - Rosa
 Sagina subulata
 Soleirolia soleirolii
 Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'
 Spiraea × vanhouttei
 Taxus baccata (hedging)
 Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
 Water lilies Nymphaea
 Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green
Goddess'


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3 Comments:

At 24/5/08 3:18 pm, Blogger stitchwort said...

Thanks for the pictures- giving a better idea of the gardens than the limited views on TV.

 
At 25/5/08 4:17 pm, Blogger lilymarlene said...

I find the TV coverage interesting, but they speed over everything......I like a long look. That is why I take so many pictures, then I can study them at my leisure when I get home.

 
At 27/5/08 7:25 am, Blogger Michael said...

Below are some basic gardening tips to get you started on creating your dream garden

Gardening Tip 1. Consider your plants health as well as your own. Ensure you keep yourself well hydrated whilst gardening. As most gardening is done in the sun, involves physical labour and is very engrossing, it is easy to work away for hours on end without noticing the time flying by. Keep drinking lots of fluids and make sure you are wearing adequate sun cream and a hat. Your garden will only suffer if you are in bed for a few days with dehydration or sun stroke. Remember, skin cancer is still one of the top killers so dress appropriately.

Gardening Tip 2. Design your garden before you start digging. Your time and energy is precious so don’t start digging holes and planting plants without having a garden design first. You may choose to employ a professional garden design or you may just want to draw your desired garden on a piece of paper yourself, depending on your budget. Either way if you have a plan of what you are doing and what you want to plant where, you will save yourself many back breaking hours digging and planting unnecessarily.

Gardening Tip 3. Make a list of the tools and materials you will need. After creating your garden design, list the tools and materials that are required to create your masterpiece. You may need specialist equipment like heavy earth moving machinery that needs to be hired and booked in advance or you may wish to plant exotic plants that need to be ordered and grown specially. You don’t want to get half way through your project only to find you cannot get a piece of equipment on hire for 2 weeks. When this happens it is very frustrating and can sometimes hold up the entire job.

 

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