So it’s that time of year again – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – where we’re obsessing over amazing garden designs and wishing we could replicate the ideas back home in our gardens. As ever, we’re stunned and impressed at the garden design and planting ability demonstrated in the creation and development of the many show gardens, so will be featuring some favourites this week.
First up is the Homebase Urban Retreat garden, which was designed by Adam Frost, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and sponsored by Homebase. This was the original vision for the garden, which clearly shows how the space is divided and planted:
The design was inspired by the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer and focuses on the balance of nature with the man-made environment. It uses urban materials such as concrete, steel and cedar to great effect and the planting produces a riot of colour.
We love the modern structure, which provides shade and seating, and the calm and contemplative nature of the water feature running through the garden.
The planting is luscious and fresh, and the rounded shapes of the bushes help offset the straight lines of the building. It works incredibly well, and there are plenty of planting and design ideas to take away and apply to your own garden.
**All images copyright RHS / Neil Hepworth1