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L’Occitane Garden

Following the success of the gold medal winning L'Occitane Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year, L'Occitane is delighted to return to Chelsea once again in 2016 with a new show garden to celebrate its 40th year anniversary, this time bringing to life Haute Provence where the brand was founded in 1976

With the help of award-winning garden designer, James Basson, we are transported to Provence where the brand was created by Olivier Baussan. At 23 years of age, he found a discarded old steam distiller and started producing essential oils from wild rosemary and lavender, which he sold at open- air local markets. The garden presents the edge of a lavender field and looks out onto the rolling hills and stunted woodland of Provence. The plain beyond the garden represents local agriculture with the almond trees typical of this area. A gentle stream runs from a stone hut through the middle of the garden before disappearing under a dry stone bridge. Scent and colour play an important part and add to the sensorial atmosphere of this garden.

L’Occitane Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Garden Designer, James Basson who has won awards at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court shows, as well as a Gold medal and a ‘Flowers and Peace’ award at the Gardening World Cup, will be designing the L’Occitane garden. Modelled around Basson’s first-hand experiences in Provence where he has a home, the garden will bring together over 250 different plant varieties specific to the region, with all additional materials also native to the area.

L’Occitane Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

“The garden is inspired by the landscape where L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan grew up. It includes aspects from the open river plane though to stunted woodland, where the agricultural lavender fields and almond groves coexist with a beautiful natural landscape where hot summers and scarce water leave their imprint.” James Basson

Plant List:

Arbutus unedo
Lonicera etrusca 'Superba'
Centaurea scabiosa
Buxus sempervirens
Calamintha grandiflora
Hyssopus officinalis
Viburnum opulus
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Viola riviniana
Thymus vulgaris
Colutea arborescens
Primula vulgaris
Allium flavum
Juglans regia
Achillea millefolium
Cotinus coggygria
Asplenium trichomanes
Allium sphaerocephalon
Polygonatum odoratum
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Helleborus foetidus
Pinus sylvestris
Acer campestre
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Allium schoenoprasum
Lathyrus latifolius
Quercus robur
Origanum vulgare
Quercus ilex
Viburnum lantana
Hypericum perforatum
Sambucus nigra
Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba'
Juniperus communis
Lathyrus latifolius 'Rosa Perle'
Lathyrus vernus
Centaurea montana
Rosa arvensis
Scabiosa columbaria
Lavandula angustifolia
Catananche caerulea 'Major'
Lotus hirsutus
Jasione montana
Centaurea montana 'Gold Bullion'
Euphorbia cyparissias
Poa pratensis
Thymus Coccineus Group
Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada'
Satureja montana
Crataegus monogyna
Arum maculatum
Stachys officinalis
Silene vulgaris
Anthyllis vulneraria
Daucus carota
Galium verum
Sanguisorba minor
Plantago lanceolata
Potentilla neumanniana 'Nana'
Rosmarinus officinalis
Prunus dulcis
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Medicago arborea
Laserpitium siler
Carlina acaulis
Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum
Teucrium chamaedrys
Hedera helix
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta 'Blue Cloud'
Melica ciliata
Salvia sclarea
Campanula persicifolia
Tragopogon porrifolius
Isatis tinctoria
Jasione laevis
Thymus pseudolanuginosus
Thalictrum minus 'Adiantifolium'
Digitalis lutea
Pistacia chinensis
Saxifraga cuneifolia
Rosa spinosissima
Deschampsia cespitosa
Stipa pennata
Cornus mas
Filipendula vulgaris
Acer monspessulanum
Luzula sylvatica
Anthericum liliago
Pulmonaria longifolia 'Ankum'
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
Agrimonia eupatoria
Campanula rotundifolia
Sedum sexangulare
Polypodium cambricum 'Richard Kayse'
Polypodium cambricum 'Cristatum'
Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnonmaki Rod'
Euphorbia 'Grey Hedgehog'
Achillea tomentosa 'Goldie'
Amelanchier spicata
Scabiosa atropurpurea
Anthyllis montana 'Rubra'
Centaurea jacea
Dianthus anatolicus
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'John Tomlison'
Serratula seoanei
Rosa 'Macrantha'
Euphorbia nicaeensis
Helichrysum stoechas
Campanula trachelium 'Bernice'
Helianthemum nummularium
Sedum album subsp. teretifolium var. micranthum 'Chloroticum'
Sedum sediforme
Gladiolus italicus
Stipa capillata
Linum 'Gemmell's Hybrid'
Linaria vulgaris
Quercus pubescens