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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!