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Laurent Perrier Garden 2013

The Laurent-Perrier Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 is very much a contemporary take on a romantic garden created by award-winning Swedish garden designer Ulf Nordfjell. The garden acknowledges the heritage of the family-owned Champagne House whilst incorporating a modern elegance.

Laurent Perrier 2013

The design is inspired by the work of two remarkable women: Nicole de Vésian’s famous garden La Louve in Provence, France and Ulla Molin’s private garden in Höganäs Sweden. The gardens echo the beauty of their surrounding landscapes by using simple forms and pruned, soft shapes. Both Nicole and Ulla were renowned for modernising horticulture in their respective regions.

Laurent Perrier 2013

The composition, materials, trees and shrubs demonstrate a French style of landscaping, influenced by the terroirs of the Champagne region, whilst paying homage to its Chelsea setting by using perennials commonly found in English gardens.

Laurent Perrier 2013

Garden Details

Shadowing the themes of the iconic French and Swedish gardens, Ulf has chosen simple materials such as stone, wood and metal, complemented by perennials in a colour palette of soft pinks and blues, as well as creamy oranges, yellows and whites.

Laurent Perrier 2013

Ulf’s style of combining architecture and design, with horticulture and sustainability is evident throughout the garden and plants have been chosen that will thrive in the English climate and add beauty across the seasons.

Laurent Perrier 2013

A bronze sculpture of Orpheus, the master of music and song in Greek mythology, by internationally renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, is on loan from the Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, giving the garden an enigmatic atmosphere.

Laurent Perrier 2013

The planting itself provides the structure of the garden. Cypress Oak (Quercus fastigiata ‘Koster’) is used in old espalier forms, as a backdrop, as well as towering spires, giving height to the garden. Specially shaped shrubs (Taxus baccata and Enkiathus perulatus) and lavender, both clipped and unclipped, provide a light geometry that contrasts with elegant Gleditsia trees. Perennials will be planted in blocks in different layers, including Iris, Viola, Dianthus, Stipa and Verbascum in full sun and Thalictrum, Gillenia, Aruncus and Anemones in half shade.

Plants

Taxus baccata
Stipa gigantea
Enkianthus perulatus
Gillenia trifoliata
Asarum europaeum
Cistus 'Alan Fradd'
Lotus hirsutus
Aruncus aethusifolius
Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge'
Artemisia stelleriana 'Boughton Silver'
Teucrium fruticans
Eremurus robustus
Verbascum bombyciferum 'Polarsommer'
Euphorbia x pasteurii
Iris sibirica 'Blue King'
Viola cornuta 'Victoria's Blush'
Hakonechloa macra
Aquilegia 'Hensol Harebell'
Lilium 'Orange Marmalade'
Rodgersia pinnata 'Chocolate Wing'
Aruncus 'Horatio'
Anemone 'Wild Swan'
Lavandula (any variety)
Iris (any bearded variety)
Thalictrum delavayi 'Album'
Iris 'Frost and Flame'
Thalictrum tuberosum
Verbascum rupestre
Viola corsica
Iris 'Beverly Sills'
Paradisea lusitanica
Viola x wittrockiana (any variety)
Anemone x hybrida (any variety)
Dianthus 'Tiara' (Adorable Series)
Gleditsia triacanthos 'Skyline'
Thalictrum rubescens
Dianthus 'Miss Farrow'
Stipa (any evergreen variety)