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The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

Seeking to illustrate the close relationship between man and horticulture, The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden will recreate the Corsican Maquis; the island home of L’Occitane’s award-winning skincare collection which is formulated using essential oils of the exclusive immortelle (or everlasting) flowers grown here.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

To recreate the wild landscape of the Maquis, designer Peter Dowle has constructed an uphill rocky terrain framed by typical Corsican trees and plants. Bright yellow immortelle flowers will dominate the garden, whilst a small lagoon, sandy beach footpath and a typical bergerie (sheepfold) will complete the display and encourage moments of contemplation.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

The garden will also contain olive trees, cork oak (Quercus suber) and a host of herbs and plants typical of the Corsican Maquis such as lavender, poppies, rosemary, myrtle, artemisia and mint.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

Whilst the design is rustic, authentic and wild, each element will be carefully placed to transport viewers to the heart of this unspoilt corner of the earth.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle

Plants list   

Trees:
Olea europaea
Quercus ilex
Quercus suber
Pinus nigra
Sorbus aucuparia
Alnus cordata
Citrus sinensis
Ficus carica
Cercis siliquastrum
Punica granatum

Shrubs and lower level planting:
Arbutus unedo
Pistacia lentiscus
Myrtus communis
Lavandula stoechas
Artemisia alba
Helichrysum italicum
Helichrysum microphyllum
Laurus nobilis
Viburnum tinus
Ulex europeaeus
Vitis vinifera
Rosmarinus officinalis
Buxus sempervirens

Lower storey ground level planting:
Armeria maritima
Borago pygmaea
Capparis spinosa
Centranthus ruber
Crambe maritima
Crithmum maritimum
Cynara cardunculus
Eriocephalus africanus
Isatis tinctoria
Linum perenne
Mentha requienii
Micromeria fruticosa
Ocimum kilimandscharicum
Papaver rhoeas
Satureja spicigera
Silybum marianum
Tanacetum cinerariifolium
Teucrium marum
Thymus herba-barona
Thymus vulgaris
Soleirolia soleirolii
Helleborus corsicus
Arenaria balearica
Calamagrostis varia
Phalaris arundinacea
Briza media
Lavandula stoechas