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If you went to this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower, you would have seen the Hortus Loci influence at every turn. The plants were featured on a variety of gardens, trade stands and other exhibits as well as the RHS Horticultural extravaganza, promoting the greening up of community space.
Paul Martin’s split-level Vestra Wealth Garden, inspired by Handel’s Water Music, has a mini sandstone amphitheatre, sunken pool and cascading water. A slow-meandering path flows through shade-tolerant planting of perennials, including Darmera peltata, Hakenochloa macra, Rodgersia pinnata ’Elegans’ and Hosta ‘Halcyon’. While in the sunken garden, sun-loving Agapanthus africanus ‘Albus’, Verbena macdougalii ‘Lavender Spires’ and Lavandula angustifolia are featured.
Top garden designer, Nigel Dunnet (pictured right), has created the showcase feature at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to help promote the RHS’ Community greening initiative. Using exclusively Hortus Loci plants, his progressive design aims to inspire visitors into improving their own environment by planting-up front gardens and community spaces. The exhibit also hopes to raise awareness of how plants can combat air pollution – an increasing problem in urban areas. It is hoped that these much-needed green spaces will provide an oasis for residents, wildlife and visitors alike, offering the perfect antidote to modern living.
Unique, the rare chromosome disorder garden designed by Catherine Chenery and Barbara Harfleet deliberately makes use of plants that are rarely featured at gardening shows. The naturalistic plant combination of blue, yellow and white, surround a community space and seating area, reflects the charity’s own colour scheme. The planting includes Astrantia major ‘Alba’, Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’ and Scabiosa columbaria (Perfecta Series) ‘Perfecta Alba’ create a soft sea of white with highlights of blue and yellow dotted through with plants such as Aconitum ‘Sparks Variety’, Achillea ‘Hoffnung’ and Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’.
The Macmillan Legacy Garden, designed by Ann-Marie Powell, is a contemporary take on a woodland-edge scheme using many Hortus Loci plants. The soft and inviting combination of shade-loving perennials, ferns and unusual bulbs help create a contemplative atmosphere striated with paving that allows access from various points around the garden. A refuge pod softened with foliage on all sides, is its beating heart.
We ended up supplying plants to a lot more Show Gardens and other exhibits than we had expected. Garden designers were so impressed with the quality of the specimens we delivered to Hampton Court, that we were inundated with last-minute orders during the build-up to the Show. In the end, we were a major supplier of plants to over a dozen gardens and other exhibits, including Hadlow College, Queen Elizabeth Foundation, the Turkish Tourist Board and the Noble Caledonia Aegean Garden. .
We’re thrilled that 5 gardens featuring Hortus Loci plants have been awarded Gold Medals at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Stuart Towner and Bethany Williams won Gold and the coveted Best Show Garden for their Hadlow College ‘Green Seam’ design, while Anne-Marie Powell (pictured right) also struck Gold with her Macmillan Legacy Garden. Nulifer Danis won Gold and was voted Best World Garden for her Paradise design, sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism. With Esra Parr’s Noble Caledonia Aegean garden winning the only other Gold Medal awarded in this category. Meanwhile, Juliet Hutt took top prize and a Gold Medal in the Best Summer Garden category, for her Different Point of View garden on behalf of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation. There were also Silver-Gilt medals for Paul Martin’s Vestra Wealth Garden, Rae Wilkinson’s Healing Urban garden and Jon Sims’ design for the Jacksons Secret Garden Party. We congratulate them all!
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Welcome to our latest availability list. The nursery is bursting with colour at present and we have some excellent and unusual specimens up for grabs. Here’s some photographs of what’s looking extremely good this week and click on the link below to see a complete list.
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Last weekend’s summer celebration event was a huge success at our Whitewater retail outlet. The Plant Centre was buzzing with excitement and brimming with plants fresh from the Chelsea Flower Show. There was also the chance to see some of the amazing specimens that were supplied for Hampton Court and the other RHS show’s through the summer. Once again, Andwell Brewery supplied a fantastic range of tasty ales, while the Village Maid cheeseboard provided the perfect complement to the celebrations.
Unique, the rare chromosome disorder garden designed by Catherine Chenery and Barbara Harfleet, captured the hearts of the public who voted it People’s Choice at this year RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This is the only award that is decided by visiting members of the public. Filled to overflowing with Hortus Loci perennials, grasses and shrubs, it is based on the shape of a DNA strand and combines plants in the colours of the charity’s logo. We thought the design really showed off our plants to their very best. Many congratulations to all involved!
We are delighted to announce that Matthew Keighley’s Sentebale garden has been voted People’s Choice for the Best Show Garden at this year’s Chelsea. Designed to celebrate the opening of the Mamohato Children’s centre in Lesotho, South Africa, it’s a vibrant combination of perennials, grasses, shrubs and succulents – all supplied by Hortus Loci. This keenly awaited prize is particularly cherished, since it is the only award that is decided by visiting members of the public. It’s the second time in a row, that a garden designed by Matthew has been voted the best at Chelsea, and the second time a garden featuring Hortus Loci plants has won the award.
It’s been another glittering success for Hortus Loci plants at this year’s Chelsea. Harry and David Rich’s design for the Cloudy Bay garden (pictured top left), won a well-deserved Gold Medal for their design using Hortus Loci plants. Close on their heels were Matthew Keighley’s celebrated Sentebale garden (top right), Matthew Wilson’s Royal Bank of Canada garden (bottom left) and Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson’s Wellington College garden (bottom right) – all of which were awarded Silver-gilt Medals. Our hearty congratulations to them all!
A wet and windy introduction to Chelsea may have provided additional challenges for the plantsmen, designers and builders of this year’s Show, but the results are as stunning as ever. Hortus Loci have nurtured over 40,000 plants that range from creeping drought-tolerant succulents, through a myriad of sought-after perennials to a 10m oak that featured on one of their four Main Avenue gardens: Sentebale, Cloudy Bay, Wellington College and the Royal Bank of Canada. In addition, Hortus Loci have supplied nearly all the plants featured in the RHS’s own Great Garden Design Challenge competition winners’ garden, as featured on the BBC during the build-up to the Show.
Last year’s People’s Choice winner, Matthew Keighley, designed the Sentebale garden to celebrate the opening of the Mamohato Children’s centre in Lesotho, South Africa. Ably assisted by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Harry and Prince Charles, Matthew’s vibrant design is divided into three sections: a wild terrain reminiscent of Lesotho; a calming Mamohato camp area; and a rocky waterscape that represents the mountainous topography of this part of South Africa. Perennials such as Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Leedan’, Erysimum ‘Apricot Twist’, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ and Lupinus ‘Persian Slipper’ featured, along with shrubs, such as Cornus kousa chinensis and Dasyliion wheeleri and succulents Aloe vera, Senecio serpens and sempervivum.
Cloudy Bay garden
You can also experience the subtle characteristics of two Cloudy Bay wines in the garden designed by the horticultural young guns, Harry and David Rich. Using a combination of subtle colours, perfumes and textures, they’ve visualised the flavours experienced when sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, brimming with fresh and clean notes…alongside a Pinot Noir with its warmer, earthier tones. The plants were chosen to create a naturalist feel using airy grasses and perennials – including Chelsea first-timer Baptisia ‘Dutch Chocolate’ – while dome-trimmed yews for textural contrast. One novel feature the bothers included in their design was a movable steel and oak structure on rails that changes position when the clock strikes 11am, 4pm and 6pm. The garden design also includes a secret seating area – the perfect spot for having a tipple at the end of a hard day.
Wellington College garden
Marking the bi-centenary of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo, Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson’s design, captures the transition from the bleak brutality of the battle, through the optimism of regeneration, to the iconic architecture of Wellington College. Hotus Loci’s pleached and cubed beech provide a geometric structure that reflects the military square formations of the Waterloo battlefield, against a backdrop of beech and oak woodland. In between, grasses and perennials blend to create a meadow planting that links in with the ornamental gardens at the College, while seedling oaks represent the graduating students as they embark on life’s journey.
The Royal Bank of Canada garden
Designed by Matthew Wilson, this contemporary design explores living sustainably, incorporating sources of fresh water and food. It is divided into three parts: a Mediterranean-style drought-tolerant dry zone; a curvaceous wet area for harvesting and storing water; and a food-producing area. A raised seating platform provides views across the garden that’s ideal for alfresco dining, too. Of all the plants supplied by Hortus loci, it was the Bupleurum perfoliatum ‘Bronze Form’, Iris germanica ‘Mer du Sud’ and Bunium bulbocastanum that have caught the imagination.
This year, we are delighted to announce that Hortus Loci was selected by the RHS to supply nearly all the plants for its Great Garden Design Challenge garden. The winning front garden design, by Sean Murray, aims to be both practical and beautiful. Utilising reclaimed and recycled materials, it includes a wildlife-friendly seating area, a shady sunken garden and even a parking space. Using a range of shrubs, perennials and scented climbers, a tapestry of colours and textures soften the overall effect, with annuals and bulbs providing year-round interest.