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The M&G Centenary Garden

Designed by Roger Platts. In celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary, the 2013 M&G Show Garden story is aptly entitled ‘Windows through Time’ and captures the design trends and themes of RHS Chelsea Flower Shows past and present.

The M&G Centenary Garden

Designed by award-winning RHS Chelsea stalwart Roger Platts, the show’s fourth title sponsor’s garden is a showcase of how British garden design has evolved whilst reflecting many recurring themes that have stood the test of time. This timeless approach reflects M&G Investments’ own approach to investments.

The M&G Centenary Garden

Roger Platts’ design embraces both new and traditional garden features; from modern sculpture to planting threaded with historical shrubs popular in the 1900s.

The M&G Centenary Garden

A contemporary sculpture window in one corner of the plot frames the garden for visitors, but also gives the impression of looking back at a century old RHS Chelsea garden. Gazing through the window, visitors’ eyes will be drawn to a traditional sandstone and brick wall at the far end of the garden; broken only by a mullioned window and cast iron gate.

The M&G Centenary Garden

Upholding the theme ‘Windows through Time’, a small pool positioned in front of the wall is surrounded by a selection of damp and shade-loving plants, including ferns, foxgloves, acers and irises; water and rock have been popular elements at RHS Chelsea over the past hundred years.

The M&G Centenary Garden

The wall’s cast iron gate will lead the eye through to another selection of historical planting inspired by the 1900s, using holly, laurel and rhododendron.

The M&G Centenary Garden

A brick wall and hedge, running along the longer edge of the garden, contains a kissing gate, leading to an imaginary orchard.

The M&G Centenary Garden

To the side is a log pile, which reflects today’s consideration for wildlife and is surrounded by grass and wildflowers, as well as more formal planting, to celebrate current garden styles. A structure of evergreens will also run through the garden including Myrtles, Buxus and Cistus.

The M&G Centenary Garden

The centre of the garden reflects on timeless design classics and integrates paths of paved sandstone that thread through beds of roses and perennial flowers. A central sandstone terrace displays an oak summer house with a conical thatched roof.

The M&G Centenary Garden

Roger’s flair for planting will be apparent throughout the garden, from wild grasses and meadow flowers to cottage roses and nodding foxgloves.

Plant List

Trees

Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'
Styrax japonicus
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Ballerina'
Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Carpinus betulus
Malus 'Evereste'
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'
Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'China Girl'
Acer palmatum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Ilex aquifolium
Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Ilex crenata 'Shiro-Fukurin'
Cornus 'Norman Hadden'
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'


Shrubs

Taxus baccata
Actinidia kolomikta
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Artemisia abrotanum
Cistus x purpureus
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Buxus sempervirens
Viburnum opulus
Choisya ternata
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'
Sarcococca confusa
Santolina rosmarinifolia subsp. rosmarinifolia 'Primrose Gem'
Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
Myrtus communis
Laurus nobilis
Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'
Ceanothus 'Burkwoodii'
Ceanothus 'Concha'
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Hebe salicifolia
Prunus lusitanica
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Phlomis italica
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
Spiraea 'Arguta'
Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
Weigela 'Florida Variegata'
Weigela 'Praecox Variegata'
Cistus 'Snow Fire'
Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina
Corylus maxima 'Purpurea'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'
Philadelphus 'Beauclerk'
Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet'
Escallonia 'Iveyi'
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
Euphorbia palustris
Hebe vernicosa
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace'
Jasminum x stephanense
Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'
Philadelphus 'Virginal'
Lavandula angustifolia
Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Mist'
Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'
Cistus x corbariensis
Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold'
Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'
Cistus x aguilarii 'Maculatus'
Cistus creticus
Ilex crenata 'Shiro-Fukurin'
Euphorbia x martinii 'Kolibri'
Cistus x skanbergii
Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'
Parahebe perfoliata
Parahebe catarractae 'Delight'
Euphorbia cornigera 'Goldener Turm'
Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius 'Silver Jubilee'


Roses

Rosa 'Buff Beauty'
Rosa 'Souvenir du Dr. Jamain'
Rosa 'Belle de Crecy'
Rosa 'Celeste'
Rosa 'Charles de Mills'
Rosa 'Cornelia'
Rosa 'De Rescht'
Rosa 'Fantin-Latour'
Rosa 'Francois Juranville'
Rosa 'Madame Knorr'
Rosa 'Nuits de Young'
Rosa 'Penelope'
Rosa 'The Garland'
Rosa 'Tuscany Superb'
Rosa 'William Lobb'
Rosa Kent
Rosa rugosa 'Rubra'
Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
Rosa 'Ballerina'
Rosa 'Rhapsody In Blue'
Rosa 'English Miss'
Rosa 'Anne Boleyn'
Rosa 'Reine des Violettes'
Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis'
Rosa 'Iceberg'
Rosa 'Chianti'
Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'
Rosa banksiae var. banksiae
Rosa x alba 'Alba Maxima'
Rosa 'Lavender Lassie'

Perennials

Alchemilla mollis
Digitalis x mertonensis
Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Asplenium scolopendrium
Ballota pseudodictamnus
Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'
Verbena bonariensis
Dryopteris erythrosora
Tiarella cordifolia
Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Pink Domino'
Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'