This month I am loving the fencing on this show garden by C & W Berry which won a gold medal. The great thing about this garden is that it is full of small landscaping details which, taken altogether, pack a real punch.
Designers understand that, in contemporary spaces, the small details really count and are constantly on the lookout for ways to make fencing and paving fit the mood of the garden and elevate it from ordinary to extraordinary.
Outdoor cooking areas are really big this year and there are some wonderful ideas for making bespoke areas just perfect for your space.
If you want to know how to use water effectively in a garden take yourself to Harewood House and gardens (or call me obviously!) The reflections of the grand trees in the lake help to create a sense of serenity and are captivatingly beautiful. Water goes well with sculpture too.
Also pictured above is the bridge in the Himalayan garden providing a lovely focal point amongst the vibrant planting.
If you are looking for inspiration for your garden I can recommend a visit to Parcevall Hall gardens. The site reads like a lesson in how to incorporate stunning views into your garden - the views are framed or design 'tricks' are used to lead your gaze to them at every opportunity.
We entered the formal gardens via a short woodland walk in which we all managed to get lost but no matter as the woods were full of charming little bridges and walkways.
There is a rock garden and rose garden to explore too.
This was a floral masterpiece this year with blooms calculated to be in keeping with Her Majesty's 90 birthday celebrations.
However, when the roses, lupins and hollyhocks got just a little too overwhelming, there were quiet spaces to relax and feel calm again.
Chelsea always brings out the best and this year was no exception!
Ishihara brought us the 'garage garden' - an innovative use of a small space featuring cool and restful planting in delicate hues.
The other photograph depicts part of the Morgan Stanley Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw. It shows how sculpture can be used to bring an area alive as a 'focal point'. However, most importantly, it demonstrates that a shady garden does not have to be a dull one. You can use different textures and hues of green to introduce character and charm.
The Husqvarna Garden below was also inspirational. Designed by Charlie Albone it demonstrates wonderful balance and symmetry and those pleached trees which we designers find so useful! Elegant white peonies form a central focal point in front of the seating and there appears to be a floating roof over the seating!
The garden design world is fit and well - time to get back to the drawing board!
The musings of an obsessed garden designer....
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