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M&G Garden

By award-winning landscape designer James Basson. Taking inspiration from the unique Mediterranean landscape of Malta, the design for the M&G Garden 2017 draws on the ecological diversity and sustainability of the region, which acts a microcosm for the planet as a whole.

M&G Garden by award-winning landscape designer James Basson

Malta has made significant inroads into dealing with its ecological challenges, such as scarcity of water, the need to recycle and composting: challenges that we all need to consider to protect the environment.

M&G Garden by award-winning landscape designer James Basson

To bring this story to life, James has structured the garden within a quarry, each with its own ecology, from coastal to woodland. Two imposing monolithic pillars of Maltese limestone will form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.

M&G Garden by award-winning landscape designer James Basson

Each space will reflect how nature has adapted to reclaim a man-made landscape, using a naturalistic planting style which provides texture and structure. From grasses, heathers and evergreens, the design bears all the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean garden, but with an innovative edge. This is the first time some of these plants will have been seen in the UK, thanks to the Maltese government giving James special permission to use them.

M&G Garden by award-winning landscape designer James Basson

There will be some specific plants that are unique to Malta, showing off the incredible diversity of its ecologiesa: Euphorbia melitense, Darniella melitense, Limonium melitense, Mattiola incana subsp. Melitense. There is a strong amount of yellow and this is the predominant colour in the flowering plants in Maltese spring time.

Plant list

Briza maxima
Cynara cardunculus
Echium vulgare
Foeniculum vulgare
Olea europaea
Artemisia arborescens
Scabiosa columbaria
Lagurus ovatus
Typha angustifolia
Diplotaxis erucoides
Eruca sativa
Juncus effusus f. spiralis
Ampelodesmos mauritanica
Lotus tetragonolobus
Festuca gautieri
Arundo donax
Sedum album
Atriplex halimus
Matthiola incana
Vitex agnus-castus
Silene vulgaris
Galium verum
Sanguisorba minor
Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Teucrium fruticans
Nigella damascena 'Persian Jewels'
Phillyrea latifolia
Medicago arborea
Pistacia lentiscus
Bupleurum fruticosum
Achillea tomentosa
Phragmites australis
Helichrysum italicum 'Serotinum'
Reseda luteola
Isatis tinctoria
Sedum sexangulare
Glebionis coronaria
Teucrium flavum
Glaucium flavum
Hyparrhenia hirta
Morus alba
Sparganium erectum
Gladiolus italicus
Potentilla recta var. sulphurea
Thymus capitatus
Crithmum maritimum
Crepis aurea
Marrubium vulgare
Pinus halepensis
Achillea umbellata
Satureja thymbra 'Alba'
Galium mollugo
Calamintha nepeta
Dorycnium pentaphyllum subsp. pentaphyllum
Euphorbia dendroides
Sarcopoterium spinosum
Euphorbia spinosa
Ceratonia siliqua
Hypochaeris radicata
Lobularia maritima