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Enchanting Escape Garden

By Niki Palmer. Enchanting Escape is aimed at those with a love of plants, craftsmanship and a sense of fun.

Hampton court flower show 2009 - enchanting escape

The garden is ideally suited for both private relaxation and stylish socialising. Elegant and inviting, contemporary with a touch of eccentricity, this symmetrical garden also has a fairytale quality, as traditional interior style nestles into abundant planting.

Hampton court flower show 2009 - enchanting escape

The paving, Stonemarket's Avant Garde Etched Swirl, creates the impression of a carpet, while acting as wallpaper on the rear wall. Between striking yew spirals, stone benches provide a place to pause and enjoy the fountain.

Hampton court flower show 2009 - enchanting escape

Just beyond, a hand-crafted four-poster bed provides the focal point of the garden, the height of decadent outdoor comfort.

Hampton court flower show 2009 - enchanting escape

Meanwhile, the curvaceous forms of Myburgh Designs' Lily swings sway above planting, offering restful pleasure.

Hampton court flower show 2009 - enchanting escape

Colour and texture are opulent in this planting scheme - rich shades of burgundy and pink, fragrant roses, and a variety of foliage. The imposing multi-stemmed Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, selected for their white bark, can also be appreciated in winter when the bare trees are reflected in the mirrors.

Plants list

Click any of the plant name links below to learn more.

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'
Anemone japonica 'Pamina'
Asplenium scolopendrium
Astilbe chinensis 'Hennie Graafland'
Astilbe chinensis 'Love and Pride'
Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Red'
Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Buxus sempervirens
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Cimicifuga racemosa 'Pink Spike'
Clematis 'Mme Edouard Andre'
Cyrtomium fortunei
Drypoteris affinis 'Cristats the King'
Drypoteris atrata
Drypoteris erythrosora
Drypoteris fortunei 'Crispa Cristata'
Fatsia japonica
Geranium 'Pink Penny'
Hemerocallis 'Summer Wine'
Heuchera 'Obsidian'
Heuchera 'Palace Purple'
Hosta 'Halcyon'
Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans
Hosta 'Thomas Hogg'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Freudenstein'
Liatris spicata 'Kobold'
Molinia 'Karl Foerster'
Penstemon 'Garnet'
Penstemon 'Apple Blossom'
Persicaria 'Red Dragon'
Rosa 'Louise Odier'
Rosa 'Mme Isaac Periere'
Soleirolia soleirolii
Thalictrum delavyi 'Hewitt's Double'