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The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Best in Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by garden designer Cleve West

Cleve West, designer of Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, returns with a garden demonstrating the popularity of topiary in gardens.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by garden designer Cleve West

This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of the sponsor, Brewin Dolphin, and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th Century.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by garden designer Cleve West

The garden uses controlled structure including beech hedging and yew topiary forms as a contrast for looser layers of herbaceous planting.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by garden designer Cleve West

The yew forms, symbolic of the sponsor's history, stability and creativity, stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants to create a hint of mystery and timelessness.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by garden designer Cleve West

Plants list   

Herbaceous Perennials
Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ Bears breeches
Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ Monkshood
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia Blue dogbane
Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’ Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia x hybrida ‘Green Apples’ Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Ruby Port’ Granny’s bonnet
Bupleurum falcatum Thoroughwax
Campanula trachelium Nettle-leaved bellflower
Centaurea phoenix hybrids Knapweed
Centaurea ‘Pulchra Major’ Knapweed
Centranthus ruber Red valerian
Cirsium rivulare Plume thistle
Crambe cordifolia Greater sea kale
Dictamnus albus Dittany
Digitalis lutea Yellow foxglove
Epilobium angustifolium ‘Album’ Rosebay willowherb
Erigeron karvinskianus Mexican fleabane
Euphorbia x martinii Spurge
Euphorbia wallichii Spurge
Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ Avens
Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’ Mountain cranesbill ‘Bill Wallis’
Gillenia trifoliata Bowmans root
Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ Heuchera greenfinch
Iris sibirica ‘Gull’s Wing’ Siberian iris
Iris sibirica ‘Tropic Night’ Siberian iris
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ Spotted deadnettle
Libertia grandiflora New Zealand satin flower
Linaria purpurea Purple toadflax
Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ Mathiesella
Meum athamanticum Spignel
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ Red leafed mukdenia
Paeonia ‘Red Charm’ Peony red charm
Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’ Semi double peony
Seseli libanotis Moon carrot
Thalictrum aquilegifolium ‘Album’ Meadow rue
Trifolium ochroleucon Sulphur clover
Valeriana officinalis Common valerian

Bulbs
Allium atropurpureum Purple-flowered onion
Allium nigrum Ornamental onion
Allium stipitatum ‘Mount Everest’ Ornamental onion
Allium schubertii Ornamental onion
Camassia leichtlinii ‘Semiplena’ Camassia
Nectaroscordum siculum Sicilian honey garlic

Ferns
Asplenium scolopendrium Hart’s tongue fern
Blechnum spicant Deer fern
Cyrtomium falcatum Holly leaf fern
Dryopteris erythrosora Buckler fern

Grasses
Anemanthele lessoniana Pheasant’s tail grass
Briza media Quaking grass

Annuals
Agrostemma githago Corncockle
Ammi majus ‘Graceland’ Bishop’s Flower
Ammi visnaga Bishop’s Flower
Antirrhinum majus ‘Black Prince’ Snapdragon
Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’ Cornflower
Centranthus cyanus ‘Jubilee Gem’ Cornflower
Daucus carota ‘Dara’ Wild carrot
Nigella damascena ‘Albion Black Pod’ Love-in-a-mist
Nigella hispanica ‘Midnight Blue’ Love-in-a-mist
Omphalodes linifolia Venus’ navelwort
Orlaya grandiflora White lace flower
Papaver rhoeas ‘Bridal Silk’ Poppy
Papaver somniferum ‘Black Paeonia’ Peony poppy
Salvia horminum ‘Marble Arch Blue’ Salvia

Annual Grasses
Hordeum jubatum Squirrel tail grass
Pennisetum villosum Feathertop
Polypogon monspeliensis Annual rabbit’s foot grass

Trees
Fagus Sylvatica (Hedging) Common beech
Tilia Platyphyllos (Pollarded) Lime
Taxus Baccata (Topiary) Common yew

Designed by Cleve West

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