The Laurent-Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei (Sample planting plan)
In The Laurent-Perrier Garden, Luciano Giubbilei, a first time Chelsea designer, explores the relationship between architecture, art and nature. (Click here for a sample planting plan and full plants list)
The garden is dominated by classic lines of yew, box and hornbeam, together with blocks of formal hornbeam trees - their strong, simple shapes repeated rhythmically to create a sense of calm and composure. The hedges are rendered like an architectural feature, exemplifying the relationship between architecture and gardens.
Framed within these tiered hedges and trees, a monolithic stone wall formed of unfilled travertine displays an ethereal work of art - the Corten steel sculpture Big Bite - by celebrated artist Nigel Hall, which explores the connection between geometry and landscape.
Perfectly proportioned water features punctuate the design: in addition to the reflecting pool beneath the sculpture, simple pools cut into the blocks of hornbeam lead the eye out of the garden and emphasise the tranquillity of the setting.
The restrained planting adds to the seductive atmosphere, from the formal clipped hedges and trees, to the elegant blocks of tall swaying grasses alongside a contrasting palette of claret and deep purple flowers, which includes groups of irises and peonies.