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A Growing Obsession Garden

Designed by Jean Wardrop and Alexandra Stevenson, A Growing Obsession – the Yardley London Perennial Garden is inspired by the Victorian English Garden, recreating the elegance of a ladies’ flower garden.

A Growing Obsession Garden

The garden celebrates women’s influence in gardening since the Victorian era in a collaboration between quintessentially English floral fragrance house Yardley London and long-standing charity for horticulturists Perennial, both of which have roots firmly planted in British floral heritage.

A Growing Obsession Garden

The concept for the garden was inspired by a book published in 1840 entitled 'Instructions in Gardening for Ladies' by Jane Loudon, whose writings helped make gardening more accessible. The British obsession with gardening goes back to this era, a time when it began to cross gender and class divides and more people started to enjoy gardening as a pastime.

A Growing Obsession Garden

The garden evokes an atmosphere of refinement and femininity that mirrors the delicate floral fragrances of Yardley London’s new Contemporary Classics range, which includes English Lavender, English Rose, Lily of the Valley and April Violets. The planting plan includes romantic roses and lavender, which capture the essence of the fragrances.

A Growing Obsession Garden

Plant list:  


Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Dianthus 'India Star'
Thymus pulegioides 'Bertram Anderson'
Rosa 'Anne Boleyn'
Rosa 'Wildeve'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Pelargonium x hortorum 'Apple Blossom'
Sedum cauticola 'Coca-Cola'
Echeveria elegans



Soleirolia soleirolii
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Aeonium 'Zwartkop'
Brugmansia suaveolens
Agave victoriae-reginae




Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'
Viola cornuta
Polystichum polyblepharum
X Heucherella 'Kimono'
Athyrium otophorum var. okanum
Athyrium 'Ocean's Fury'