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The Foreign & Colonial Investments' Garden by Thomas Hoblyn

Wetland gardens are rarely seen at Chelsea, but here Tom Hoblyn has taken as his inspiration the bogs of both East Anglia and North Carolina in a garden celebrating one of the world's most fragile habitats.

The foreign & colonial - chelsea 2009

From a pool surrounded by trees rises a sloping bog garden featuring a mix of British and North Carolina native plants, many of which are rare and endangered. Bog oak, swamp cypress and pitcher plants are all highly specialised plants, here intermixed with successful British species such as spikerush and common rush. Collectively they highlight vulnerability versus adaptation in the plant world.

A stylised wave form undulates through the garden, reflecting the environmental and economic instability of a tumultuous world. Watching over this world is a female sculpture, representing idealised humanity poised to cope with and adapt to the waves of change. Much of the garden is made of recycled materials, with sheep's wool furniture and both the wave form and boardwalk being made from a giant redwood that fell in a storm. After the show, the entire garden will be reconstructed within a 12-acre garden in Suffolk.

Plant list

You can read more about each plant by clicking the links below. Add any of these plants to you own 'Plants I want' list. To get a copy of this entire plant list emailed to you (to add to your own Plants I want list) please write to Shoot@ShootGardening.co.uk and title your email HESCO Garden plants list.

Dryopteris erythrosora
Iris x robusta 'Gerald Darby'
Baptisia australis
Osmunda regalis
Taxodium distichum
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Lobelia cardinalis
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'
Sarracenia flava
Astilboides tabularis
Halesia carolina
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Patriot'
Chasmanthium latifolium
Liquidambar styraciflua
Melica altissima 'Alba'
Quercus palustris
Aquilegia canadensis
Rhus typhina