Key design elements
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.