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1 Hand-cut pieces of slate were used to cre­ate the float­ing

and tilt­ing plat­forms in Dar­ren’s 2016 Chelsea gar­den for Brewin Dol­phin. These of­fered an el­e­vated view of the gar­den’s re­laxed plant­ing, while also adding an el­e­ment of ad­ven­ture and fun.

2 Wind-re­sis­tant Pit­tospo­rum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ is

used as an in­for­mal hedge and a re­peat plant, in many of Dar­ren’s coastal gar­dens. Its dark-red fo­liage here works in con­trast to the bright-red flow­ers of Cro­cos­mia x cro­cos­mi­iflora ‘Mephistophe­les’.

3 Dar­ren spec­i­fies La­van­dula x in­ter­me­dia ‘Grosso’ for his

Cor­nish gar­dens be­cause it copes so well with wet win­ters. In this coastal gar­den – a slowly evolv­ing mix of peren­ni­als, grasses, fruit and meadow – it helps soften the edge of a stone wall.

4 Steel pip­ing – to sug­gest tun­nel vision – formed a tac­tile

wall, soft­ened by pink al­li­ums, in Dar­ren’s 2013 gar­den for SeeA­bil­ity. Plant­ing in blocks of com­ple­men­tary colours al­lowed those with sight loss to see it more clearly.

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