Cather­ine MacDon­ald

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Chelsea Flower Show -

Plot Spa­ces to Grow RHW291 Spon­sor Seedlip Con­trac­tor Land­form Con­sul­tants Theme A con­cep­tual gar­den cel­e­brat­ing plants be­long­ing to the pea fam­ily

Although this gar­den cham­pi­ons plants from the Fabaceae fam­ily and the sci­en­tific work of pea pi­o­neers Gre­gor Men­del and Calvin Lam­born, it has all the hall­marks of a stylish and ex­pertly ex­e­cuted show gar­den. Un­der­pinned by a sub­tle grid, the plant­ing, a mix­ture of ed­i­bles that in­cludes sugar snap and mange tout peas and or­na­men­tals, such as lupins and bap­tisia, ex­tends down the gar­den in cush­ions of fo­liage and flow­ers. Ja­pa­nese pagoda trees ( Sty­ph­nolo­bium japon­icum) and a spec­i­men carob ( Cer­a­to­nia sili­qua) cre­ate the canopy layer. A bold walk­way of al­ter­nat­ing lime­stone and metal-grille discs, edged with pil­lars of sweet peas, leads through the plant­ing to a glass-sided ‘peav­il­ion’ with a pea-shaped, moon­gate en­trance. Con­tact 01276 856145, land­form­con­sul­tants.co.uk

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