Before we entered the RHS/APL competition, we decided it would be good to have our very own Landform Garden, to show that we don’t just design and build large gardens, we can also produce quality small gardens as well.
Our in-house designer, Catherine MacDonald, was inspired by aspects of the ‘High Line’ in New York (the refurbishment of a derelict elevated railway line). The garden includes linear hard landscape elements that contrast with the soft, naturalistic style of planting. The result is a contemporary, suburban garden, designed for a young professional couple requiring a relaxing & useable space.
The planting was designed for summer impact and included a multi-stem Betula nigra (multi-stem Betula species having been used in part of the High Line). Terracotta wcolour-rendered walls were inspired by the rusted Corten steel used in sections of the High Line as well.
We partnered with Marshalls, who donated the paving materials, which is an ethically sourced limestone and will be available from Marshalls next year. The self-contained water features and the frameworks for the shade sail were made by our metalworker Bill at Bunce Sheetmetal Works from powder coated steel. The furniture was kindly loaned to us by the Modern Garden Company. The shade sail and fixings were supplied by SD Sails.
The Betula nigra trees were supplied by Majestic Trees. You can read about their involvement in RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year on their blog. The shrubs, perennials and bulbs were supplied by Hortus Loci.
We even featured lighting on our garden, which could be seen on the preview night and on the more rainy/grey days at the show. Cliff, Martin and Rob – our electricians at Stanton & Brian Lighting did an excellent job for us!