The RHS Garden for a Green Future at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It features such a wonderful collection of beautiful purple planting! Designed by Jamie Butterworth from Form Plants, the aim of the garden is to raise awareness of the climate change crisis.
Jamie, pictured below, says: “We need to adapt to the changes that are happening in our climate rather than fight against them. This garden seeks to show how we can do that. Plant selection is key, choosing varieties that are best able to cope with our increasingly unpredictable weather. And water management too, capturing rainwater, maximising its usage and directing its flow.”
Planting featured in The RHS Garden for a Green Future includes Verbena bonariensis, Iris x ‘robusta Gerald Darby’ and Veronicastrum ‘Lavendelturm’. Drought tolerant perennials, which are able to cope with harsh summer heat, are featured on the slopes. More wet tolerant perennials are planted towards the edge of a central pool. Weaving through and dividing the space are ‘rivers’, that are all but dry in July, but fill with winter flood water and direct the flow towards the pool.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look around the garden. Huge congratulations to Jamie and his team! For a full planting list, simply head over to the RHS website.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)