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Morris and Co. Garden

Morris & Co., the British heritage brand founded by William Morris in 1861, will stage its first Show Garden at RHS Chelsea 2022, designed by award-winning landscape and garden designer Ruth Willmott.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Morris and Co. Garden by garden designer Ruth Willmott

The Morris & Co. Garden will re-imagine back into a garden setting, two of William Morris’s most iconic designs, inspired by his enduring love of nature and the flowers he saw around him.  The garden layout, a series of simple inter-connecting pathways, will reflect his first wallpaper design ‘Trellis’, a pattern influenced by the rose trellis in the garden of his home in Kent; while at the centre of the garden, an intricate hand-crafted metal pavilion will reference w celebrated ‘Willow Boughs’ design.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Morris and Co. Garden by garden designer Ruth Willmott

Recognising that simplicity and craft lay at the heart of Morris’s beliefs, the garden will also feature traditional arts and crafts alongside modern-day craftmanship.   The striking central pavilion will feature posts and screens layered with two contrasting colours, much like his iconic prints, and laser-cut with the Willow Boughs pattern using modern crafting techniques.  The same pattern will also be inlayed into a sequence of water channels flowing throughout the garden.  Elsewhere, hand-made clay tiles and riven buff Yorkstone paving will demonstrate more traditional arts and crafts methods.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Morris and Co. Garden by garden designer Ruth Willmott

Planting will also be drawn from Morris’s designs, reflecting his love of colour and pattern in a palette of earthy reds and apricot tones accented with whites, blues and restful greens; while plants featured in his designs will also be used including willow and hawthorn.  An early advocate of using native species amongst long-cultivated non-natives to attract birds and bees, Morris’s ethos will also be reflected in the choice of plants.    

Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Morris and Co. Garden by garden designer Ruth Willmott

The garden will be Ruth Willmott’s fifth garden at RHS Chelsea and her first Show Garden on Main Avenue. Ruth said: “The garden emerged from hours spent pouring over William Morris’s iconic pattern books, immersing myself in his designs and imagining the joy of being surrounded by his patterns in the form of flowers and trees.  I wanted to create a modern interpretation of Morris’s work, using vivacious colour and pattern to echo his designs, rather than simply replicating them and to reflect his beautiful interior designs in the natural outdoor setting which inspired them.” 

Lisa Montague, CEO of Morris & Co. said: “We’re truly thrilled to be working with Ruth and her team on a show garden at RHS Chelsea this year.  Flowers and gardens were an abiding source of inspiration for William Morris’s fabric and wallpaper designs which still speak to current design trends.  Sponsoring a garden at RHS Chelsea will allow us to bring our heritage designs and love for craftmanship to life through the creation of a spectacularly curated garden for all to admire.  Since its inception in 1861, and continuing to this day, one of Morris & Co.’s core values has been to bring the beautiful outside, inside, into people’s homes and lives. By creating this fabulous outdoor space, Ruth has returned Morris & Co. to its origins, giving us the opportunity to invert that same core goal; delivering beautiful interior, to natural exteriors.”

Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Morris and Co. Garden by garden designer Ruth Willmott

After the show, elements of the garden will be relocated to several new community gardens on the Packington Estate regeneration project in Islington, in collaboration with the Arc Centre Gardening Collective.  The newly redeveloped estate is located around the corner from the site where Morris’s prints were first produced over 160 years ago. 

Plant List

Annuals

Centaurea cyanus
Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony'
Orlaya grandiflora
Bupleurum longifolium
Cynoglossum amabile 'Firmament'

Perennials

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Cynara cardunculus
Acanthus mollis
Iris pallida subsp. pallida
Baptisia australis
Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum'
Iris 'Jane Phillips'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Thymus serpyllum
Pratia pedunculata
Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhugel'
Cornus canadensis
Knautia macedonica
Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'
Galium odoratum
Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
Centaurea montana
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'
Iris 'Sultan's Palace'
Iris 'Kent Pride'
Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Selinum wallichianum
Fragaria vesca
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Album'
Pratia pedunculata 'County Park'
Silene alba
Filipendula ulmaria
Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
Cenolophium denudatum
Acanthus mollis Latifolius Group 'Rue Ledan'
Rodgersia aesculifolia
Iris germanica 'Party Dress'
Astrantia major
Brunnera macrophylla
Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Viola 'Belmont Blue'
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'
Thymus serpyllum var. albus
Geranium sylvaticum 'Ice Blue'
Geum 'Mai Tai'
Trifolium repens 'Dragon's Blood'
Iris 'Quechee'
Paeonia 'Coral Charm'
Iris sibirica 'Papillon'
Dianthus cruentus
Aruncus 'Horatio'
Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Betty Bowring'
Epimedium epsteinii
Dianthus barbatus 'Monksilver Black'
Astrantia major 'Gill Richardson'
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Blackfield'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea montana 'Purple Heart'
Geranium phaeum 'Waterer's Blue'
Potentilla rupestris
Iris 'Blue Rhythm'
Iris 'Beverly Sills'
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
Digitalis x valinii 'Illumination Apricot' (Illumination Series)
Bunium bulbocastanum
Eryngium 'Pen Blue'
Verbascum 'Petra'
Astrantia 'Burgundy Manor'
Salvia nemorosa 'Crystal Blue'
Epimedium dolichostemon
Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' (Decadence Series)
Erigeron karvinskianus 'Lavender Lady'
Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'
Geranium phaeum 'Joseph Green'

Shrubs

Hydrangea quercifolia
Acer campestre
Spiraea 'Arguta'
Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'
Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
Ligustrum vulgare
Cotoneaster franchetii
Prunus spinosa
Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Red Chief'
Rubus 'Benenden'
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'
Salix purpurea 'Nana'
Cornus kousa 'Cappuccino'
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

Bulbs

Allium caeruleum
Allium nigrum
Camassia leichtlinii 'Semiplena'
Camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii Caerulea Group
Camassia quamash

Grasses

Luzula nivea
Carex muskingumensis
Briza media
Melica altissima 'Alba'
Melica nutans
Briza media 'Limouzi'
Carex remota

Trees

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'
Salix 'Erythroflexuosa'
Salix alba
Crataegus x lavalleei 'Carrierei'

Trees/Hedging

Crataegus monogyna

Marginal

Typha minima
Iris 'Snowdrift'
Iris pseudacorus 'Creme de la Creme'

Climbers

Jasminum officinale f. affine
Lonicera periclymenum