VER­BENA

A spray of pur­ple petals to up­lift and in­spire cre­ativ­ity

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“We wanted to create a high im­pact and iconic set piece within the Hamp­ton Court Palace Flower Show – some­thing that will look great from a dis­tance or in close prox­im­ity. Ver­bena is a sum­mer favourite and fea­tures heav­ily in peo­ple’s gar­dens. From the Ver­be­naceae fam­ily, it’s usu­ally 5-petalled, with salver-shaped flow­ers, typ­i­cally held in spikes or pan­i­cles. In short, Ver­bena is el­e­gant, low main­te­nance and lon­glast­ing, as well as an ab­so­lute mag­net for pol­li­nat­ing in­sects.

“In­ter­est­ingly the colour pur­ple af­fects us phys­i­cally by up­lift­ing, calm­ing the mind and nerves, while of­fer­ing a sense of spir­i­tu­al­ity and en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity. Vis­i­tors will be able to walk through the plants and feel im­mersed within them, cre­at­ing a calm and re­gen­er­a­tive en­vi­ron­ment in the show­ground. There will be plenty of op­por­tu­nity to snap pics, self­ies and videos against the back­drop for In­sta­gram and other so­cial me­dia streams link­ing with the many other vis­i­tors who have en­joyed the meadow of Ver­bena.”

Gemma Lake, Show Man­ager of RHS Hamp­ton Court Palace Flower Show (2- 8 July)

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