A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the press preview day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to have a look at the show gardens in all their pristine glory before the show opened to the public. It was such a treat and one I was looking forward to for months beforehand. Literally. There was so much to see and absorb, but there were a couple of gardens that really made me stop and stare. This was one of them.
Designed by Hay Joung Hwang it’s an absolutely beautiful English cottage-style garden on a relatively small sized garden plot (there’s hope for us all!) with a lovely Scandi-inspired garden room.
My photos wouldn’t have done it justice, so luckily I had Chris Snook – superstar photographer – with me, so I was free to chat to the designers and just soak it all in while Chris took these wonderful photos.
A sheltered outdoor room enclosed on two sides has the feel of an indoor space – albeit one with a spectacular garden view – thanks to decorative details, such as vases and pictures.
In the centre of the garden, a contemporary-style pergola gently draped with branches of wisteria reaches over an outdoor dining table, providing dappled shade and light cover.
The planting scheme is restricted to white, pale blue and pale pink throughout for a unified and soft feel. Tall spikes of Eremurus ‘robustus’, Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ and Digitalis ‘purpurea alba’ add height with Hesperis matrionalis (pink), and Thalictrum ‘black stockings’ adding the pink and purple tones. Blue tones are brought in by the light blue of theIris ‘Jane Phillips’ and the sky blue Myosotis ‘Forget me not’.
Digitalis ‘purpurea alba’ surround the outdoor room, providing a soft screen.
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All images: Chris Snook © 2016 Houzz