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Hillier Spring Garden

By garden designer Sarah Eberle.The 2017 Hillier Chelsea Flower Show garden has been inspired by one simple word: Spring.

The ‘Hillier’s Spring’ garden will bring together the word in all its meanings. From seasonality and the anticipation of the first growth, foliage and flower; to a sense of movement and dynamism, all fuelled with a spirit of excitement and simple pleasures. This is all encapsulated in the Hillier Spring garden, designed by Chelsea’s most decorated garden designer, Sarah Eberle.

Hillier Spring Garden by garden designer Sarah Eberle

The focal point of the design is a 4.3-metre-high metallic spring with hoops that span the length of the entire garden. The hoops wind through the centre of the garden, leading to a water feature and pool, drawing the eye and framing the garden. At the heart of the spiral, where the coils gather, is a square pavilion area. Together with a series of pathways and granite viewing platforms around the edge of the garden, a perfect vista from all angles is ensured.

Hillier Spring Garden by garden designer Sarah Eberle

In the design, Sarah has created a number of themes. She explained: “Hillier is famed for its trees so of course trees form a large part of the design. I have included many shaped trees, as well as trees that are suitable for pots for use in difficult spaces. There are also shaped shrubs, showing alternatives to traditional Box topiary which is so sadly suffering from Box blight.”

Hillier Spring Garden by garden designer Sarah Eberle

“To this end, we have included a modern parterre. It uses ground cover foliage plants, clipped yew columns of varying heights and has elements of flowers rising above the foliage in areas. We also highlight a number of small shrubs, which are so important for today’s gardeners as smaller-scale gardens are increasingly in the majority.”

Hillier Spring Garden by garden designer Sarah Eberle

The planting will also include two herbaceous borders with climbers on obelisks and pruned shrubs which follow the shaped plants theme. The garden will also be home to two new plants that will be launched at the show and are exclusive to Hillier. These will sit alongside Hillier Classics for those who have a keener specialist eye.

Hillier Spring Garden by garden designer Sarah Eberle


Plant list (A-H)

Alchemilla mollis
Allium cristophii
Hosta 'Francee'
Convolvulus cneorum
Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'
Allium 'Gladiator'
Eucalyptus gunnii
Astilbe 'Rheinland'
Ceanothus 'Concha'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens
Fatsia japonica
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Dicksonia antarctica
Acer rufinerve
Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Carpinus betulus
Davidia involucrata
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Cornus canadensis
Cornus sanguinea
Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold'
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus fortunei 'Silver Queen'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
Angelica gigas
Centaurea montana
Ceanothus 'Skylark'
Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Euphorbia characias 'Silver Swan'
Hosta 'Halcyon'
Hosta 'So Sweet'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama'
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Cistus 'Alan Fradd'
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'
Brachyglottis Dunedin Group 'Sunshine'
Hosta 'Patriot'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Astilbe x arendsii 'White Gloria'
Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'
Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'
Cytisus x praecox 'Albus'
Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Albovariegatus'
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
Hosta undulata var. albomarginata
Acer davidii
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'
Cytisus 'Luna'
Hosta 'First Frost'
Cheilanthes tomentosa
Clematis 'Rebecca'
Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'
Clematis 'Shimmer'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass'
Clematis 'Chevalier'
Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Aureovariegatus’
Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'
Astrantia major 'Star of Beauty'
Geum 'Totally Tangerine'
Cistus creticus
Astrantia major 'Florence'
Festuca glauca 'Intense Blue'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'
Astelia 'Silver Shadow'
Astrantia 'Star of Treasure'
Epimedium 'Akebono'
Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise'


Plant list (I-Z)

Taxus baccata
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Polygonatum x hybridum
Tilia x euchlora
Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'
Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'
Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'
Ligularia przewalskii
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'
Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'
Pachysandra terminalis
Rosa 'Winchester Cathedral'
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Lupinus 'The Governor' (Band of Nobles Series)
Onoclea sensibilis
Philadelphus 'Virginal'
Primula bulleyana
Pieris japonica 'Bonfire'
Polygonatum multiflorum
Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfield'
Paeonia suffruticosa
Rhododendron 'Geisha Purple'
Lavandula 'Regal Splendour'
Ligustrum jonandrum
Rhododendron 'Roseum Elegans'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'
Nemesia 'Wisley Vanilla'
Rosa 'Sceptred Isle'
Rosa 'The Pilgrim'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Pink Ice'
Syringa 'Red Pixie'
Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'
Verbascum 'Pink Kisses'
Lupinus 'Tequila Flame'
Iris sibirica 'Flight of Butterflies'
Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Krinkled White'
Lavandula stoechas 'Victory'
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Rhododendron 'Cannon's Double'
Designed by Sarah Eberle

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