Future Nature by Adrian Hallam, Chris Arrowsmith & Nigel Dunnett
This garden presents a number of practical solutions that can be used to create a new type of drought-resistant urban garden especially suited to underutilised city spaces.
Its central message is, that by using a combination of any of the garden's features coupled with careful plant selection, anybody, using simple planting methods and avoiding irrigation except with stored rain water, can create a colourful and naturalistic garden. It aims to both help alleviate pressure on the urban drainage infrastructure in wet weather and maximize the use of water during increasingly dry summer months.
Key features of the garden include: a green roof to help reduce surface water runoff as well as enhancing biodiversity; storm water planters and pools to retain water from the roof; a living tower holding drought-resistant plants; butterfly mounds and insect towers stocked with colourful but drought-resistant planting that provide wildlife habitats in a brownfield environment.
The garden will be relocated to Yorkshire after the show and used to continue to promote the inventive use of small urban spaces and water management.
The plant mix on the green roof includes:
Mini-pools, stormwater basin and
These mini-wetlands contain Typha latifolia
The butterfly mounds attract wildlife using:
Chosen for their toughness and tolerance of dry condition, the planting here includes:
The use of ornamental grasses such as:
Storm water planter
Plants here must be able to tolerate wet conditions. These include:
These plants colonise on urban brownfield sites and include:
Rill and stream
The edges of the rill are planted with Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'