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The Playful Garden

By the Southend Parks Technical Team. Gardens are often designed with a limited age range in mind.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

The garden builds on the changing perception of play and aims to challenge traditional views.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

This garden is designed to appeal to multiple generations by integration of fun into vegetables growing and leisure areas. The garden will also challenge some of the normal perspectives of growth habits of plants. Elements of the garden will allow children to play and interact with the features and plants.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

Plants can be fun to look at, feel and smell, especially if they are grown upside down. This garden may challenge perceptions of how plants can grow and will appeal to adults as well as children encouraging interaction and exploration through play in new and different ways.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

A large number of the species are edible but also have aesthetic value so there is no reason to put them out of sight. Texture, colour, height and hidden paths provide more chances of play amongst the five metre grasses.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

Denis Lloyd leads the team for this project and comes with twenty years experience of teaching horticulture and design at Writtle College. Dennis has won five Gold, seven Silver and three bronze RHS medals at both the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Playful Garden

Plants list    

Click on any of the plant names below to learn more and to add to your own plants list.

Back of Garden   
Phyllostachys aurea   
Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis    
Phyllostachys nigra   
   
Grasses   
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'   
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’   
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'   
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'   
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfelder'   
Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata'   
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'   
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'   
Pennisetum alopecuroides f. viridescens   
Stipa arundinacea   
Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'   
   
Structure Planting   
Salix ‘Tora‘   
Cupressus sempervirens 'Pyramidalis'   
   
Upside Down Garden   
Range of French and Runner Beans    
Tomatoes   
Strawberries   
   
Underground Garden   
Solanum tuberosum 'Pink Fir Apple‘   
Solanum lycopersicum   
Fragaria x ananassa   
   
Herbs and Salad   

Calendula officinalis   
Helichrysum italicum   
Melissa officinalis ‘Aurea‘   
Mentha suaveolens   
Mentha spicata var ‘Crispa‘   
Oreganum ‘Country Cream‘   
Petroselinum crispum   
Petroselinum crispum var neapolitanum   
Rosmarinus officinalis   
Salvia officinalis   
Satureja montana   
Thymus x citriodorus ‘Golden Queen‘   
Thymus x citriodorus ‘Silver Queen‘   
Thymus x citriodorus 'Doone Valley'   
   
Vegetables   
Beetroot ‘Cylindrical‘   
Carrot ‘Kingston‘   
Chard Bright Lights   
Endive Pancalieri   
French Bean Cobra   
Lettuce Catalogna Rossa   
Lettuce Catalogna Verde   
Lettuce Charita   
Lettuce Little Gem   
Radish Mooli ‘April Cross‘   
Onion Red Baron   
Pak Choi