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The HESCO Garden

Designed by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside. The garden draws attention to the importance of waterpower in the industrial evolution of Leeds. There are working examples of this process in two key public visitor attractions: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and Thwaite Mills.

The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Chelsea Flower Show 2011

The garden style is reflective of a semi-natural setting incorporating cultivated ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials along with native species.The main feature takes its inspiration from a mill. A six-metre facade is set against a rockwork escarpment that feeds a working waterwheel. A large mill pool adds to the setting and planting is chosen to reflect how carefully selected cultivate plants can provide a sympathetic and attractive balance of colour.

The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Three specimens of Thuja plicata, which stand at almost nine metres in height,  are positioned around the mill façade providing scale and drama, and a solid backdrop to help screen the floral marquee. Nothofagus and Acer campestre, soften this screen as is extends to the left front of the garden, and where cultivated plants merge into native or near native species.

The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Parthenocissus and Lonicera have been extensively used to soften the mill façade and provide a more natural fill for the boundaries. Clematis montana adds colour and character, formed into a mound of growth again linking the cultivated with the natural planting. Azaleas will provide accents of colour to punctuate the woodland planting, whilst native plants will extend around the pond and front of the garden, giving a somewhat natural feel.

The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Ferns will be used to compliment the planting and especially in shady woodland and in crevices on the rockwork. The colour pallet is complimentary to our somewhat natural planting style, and whilst incorporating a range of colours that are in some cases bright in their own right, when carefully positioned and softened by neutral colours and textured foliage they portray a natural relaxing feel with occasional accents of colour to stimulate our enquiring minds.

The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Pinks, blues, yellows, whites and pastel tones soften the character of strong dramatic specimen trees.

Plants list   

Ornamental Area

Phyllitis scolopendrium
Athyrium filix-femina   
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris affinis
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Polystichum setiferum

Acer campestre
Nothofagus antarctica
Thuja plicata

Hydrangea anomala subsp petiolaris
Sambucus nigra Black Lace
Rhododendron (Azalea)

Woodland and Ornamental Plants
Acanthus hirsutus
Allium neapolitanum Grandiflorum
Anemone nemorosa Leeds Variety
Anthriscus sylvestris
Astrantia major Shaggy
Brunnera macrophylla  'Jack Frost'
Chaerophyllum hirsutum Roseum
Deschampsia flexuosa
Digitalis x mertonensis
Erythronium californicum Knightshayes Pink
Filipendula purpurea
Geranium macrorrhizum
Geranium x cantabrigiense
Geranium ibericum
Geranium renardii Phillipe Vapelle
Geranium pratense Mrs Kendal Clark
Mertensia pulmonarioides
Rodgersia pinnata
Salvia nemorosa Lubecca
Salvia pratensis Dear Anja
Verbascum bombyciferum

Natural area

Acer campestre
Crataegus monogyna

Salix purpurea Nana
Viburnum opulus

Damp and natural
Achillea ptarmica
Aquilegia vulgaris
Ajuga reptans
Alchemilla erythropoda
Carex pendula
Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum
Euphorbia amygdaloides
Geranium sanguineum
Geranium sylvaticum
Geum rivale
Luzula nivea
Lychnis flos cuculi 'White Robin'
Persicaria bistorta

Butomus umbellatus
Caltha palustris
Camassia esculenta
Filipendula ulmaria
Hosta sieboldiana elegans
Iris sibirica alba
Iris pseudacorus
Juncus inflexus
Menyanthes trifoliata
Myosotis scorpioides
Nymphaea alba
Primula florindae
Primula × bulleesiana

Path edges
Geranium robertianum