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Spirit of the Aegean Garden

The first ever show garden from new designer Esra Parr (Esra Parr Gardens), this vibrant, colourful garden is evocative of Aegean Holidays. This beautiful garden won a Gold medal at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015.

Spirit of the Aegean Garden by garden designer Esra Parr

The garden represents the timeless image of unspoiled islands, beautiful scenery, ancient sites and whitewashed villages alive with colour from bougainvillea, which are perfect for exploration by small ships. Bougainvillea standards draw visitors into the garden towards a fountain, whilst areas of vertically planted fuchsia and pink Bougainvillea accentuate the perimeter.

Spirit of the Aegean Garden by garden designer Esra Parr

Blue walls have contrasting white aluminium panels set into them, which are reminiscent of the architecture of the region. Oleander shrubs and lavender are reflected in the still turquoise water of the rills set around the shaded seating area and wherever visitors stand, soft spires of deep purple and white contrast with structural cubes and spheres.

Spirit of the Aegean Garden by garden designer Esra Parr

It has been sponsored by specialist tour and cruise operator Noble Caledonia, who operate tranquil, relaxing garden themed cruises in the Mediterranean and Aegean.

Spirit of the Aegean Garden by garden designer Esra Parr

Plant list for Spirit of the Aegean Garden

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety'
Buxus sempervirens
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Perovskia 'Blue Spire'
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Allium sphaerocephalon
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Baptisia australis
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronzeschleier'
Thymus 'Silver Queen'
Cephalaria gigantea
Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Gillenia trifoliata
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'
Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
Liatris spicata 'Kobold'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Nepeta x faassenii 'Kit Kat'
Rosmarinus officinalis
Trifolium ochroleucon
Astrantia 'Buckland'
Geranium sanguineum 'Max Frei'
Sedum cauticola 'Lidakense'
Armeria pseudarmeria 'Ballerina White' (Ballerina Series)
Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Purity'
Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Tower'
Salvia 'Amistad'
Campanula persicifolia var. alba
Ilex crenata 'Variegata'
Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'
Athamanta turbith
Romneya coulteri 'White Cloud'
Campanula trachelium 'Bernice'


Photos by Ellen Rooney and Andrew Wilson

Designed by Esra Parr