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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.

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