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Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden

By garden designer Manoj Malde. British-Indian designer Manoj Malde is making his RHS Chelsea Flower Show debut this year bringing vibrant clashing colours in a vivid palette to his Inland Homes: Beneath a Mexican Sky garden.

Manoj was born in Kenya and trained as a fashion designer, working in the industry for nearly twenty years, before retraining in Garden design and now fulfilling his dream to design a show garden at Chelsea.

Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden By garden designer Manoj Malde

The Inland Homes: Beneath a Mexican Sky garden was inspired by the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan whose dramatic use of colour and form resonated with Manoj’s love of bold, contrasting colours and textures.

Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden By garden designer Manoj Malde

The colours are also contrasted by the soothing use of silvery blue green foliage in the Agave parryi  var truncata  as well as the velvety heart shaped leaves of the multi-stemmed Kalanchoe behariensis tree, seen for the first time at Chelsea in Manoj’s Inland Homes: Beneath a Mexican Sky garden.

Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden By garden designer Manoj Malde

A beautiful evergreen drought tolerant multi-stemmed strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo, gives some welcome shade and its slightly peeling orangey red bark adds textural interest to the planting. The tree has edible fruit used to make jams and liqueurs such as the Portuguese brandy medronho.  It’s delicate flowers are loved by bees so it is much used for honey production, making honey with a distinct flavour.

Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden By garden designer Manoj Malde

Colour is in plentiful supply in this garden. Manoj has used beautiful purple bearded Iris 'Modern Woman' and Iris 'Serene Moment'  as well as Cleome hassleriana Violet Queen and hard to find orange Cosmos sulphureus with striking chocolate Cosmos astrosanguineus that really does have the scent of chocolate.

Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden By garden designer Manoj Malde

Manoj has deliberately included flowers that can be grown for cutting in his garden as he loves to use beautiful arrangements to create an extension of the garden inside the house. His favourites are the Gaura lindheimeri 'Rosy Jane', and Gaura lindheimeri 'Sisikiyou Pink', the purple bearded Iris 'Modern Woman' and Iris 'Serene Moment', orange Cosmos sulphureus with striking chocolate Cosmos astrosanguineus and Anigozanthos 'Big Red'.

Plant list

Trees

Arbutus unedo
Kalanchoe beharensis

 

Shrubs

Cistus 'Silver Pink'
Dracaena draco
Agave americana
Fascicularia bicolor
Aeonium 'Zwartkop'
Agave parryi
Salvia greggii
Agave attenuata
Aeonium arboreum
Lantana camara

 

Grasses

Stipa tenuissima
Festuca amethystina
Muhlenbergia capillaris

 

Herbaceous perennials

Erigeron karvinskianus
Foeniculum vulgare
Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fen's Ruby'
Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'
Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'
Salvia argentea
Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'
Gaura lindheimeri 'Rosyjane'
Tulbaghia violacea
Dianthus cruentus
Salvia 'Indigo Spires'
Centaurea montana 'Amethyst in Snow'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centranthus lecoqii

 

Annuals & Biennials

Eschscholzia californica
Verbascum 'Pink Kisses'
Cosmos sulphureus
Osteospermum '3D Pink' (3D Series)

 

Cacti & Succulents

Echeveria secunda var. glauca
Senecio serpens
Delosperma 'Jewel of Desert Peridot' (Jewel of Desert Series)
Sedum sediforme
Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'

 

Photos of Manoj's garden are by Jonathan Buckley

Designed by Manoj Malde