Key design elements
1 Lines of clipped herbs created strong bands of texture on
the pair’s 2011 Chelsea garden for B&Q. This mirrors planting on the walls of the garden’s 9m-high ‘tower block’ (see right), showing many surfaces can be used for growing food.
2 Pleached limes and table-top mulberries reinforced the
lines of the rectilinear ‘tower block’ that dominated the pair’s 2011 garden. The garden focussed on the multiple ways of growing food in cities, including in vertical greenhouses and balconies.
3 The Urban Oasis sculpture the duo created for their first
Chelsea garden in 2007 made a dramatic statement. It was fitted with photovoltaic cells that harnessed energy and watered plants on demand; at dusk it lit up in shades of pink, blue and mauve.
4 Just as this year’s garden will be themed around the huge
range of plants from Sichuan province, the duo’s 2009 Chelsea garden incorporated a large selection of plants used to make perfume, including roses, irises, lavender, ferns and sweet flag.