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The M&G Garden

By garden designer Sarah Price. The design for ‘The M&G Garden’ 2018 is a romanticised haven which expands on an idea that a wall, tree and seat can create a quiet and intimate place of repose.

The M&G Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Sarah Price

Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean, the garden celebrates the beauty and simplicity of the region’s unique landscape through the use of modest and sustainable raw materials and a vibrant planting palette.

The M&G Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Sarah Price


To bring this story to life, Sarah has used Mediterranean flora and raw materials dug directly out of the earth - red aggregates, clay and terracotta - to provide a sense of warmth and richness. Textured, rammed earth walls and stacked tiles frame the spaces, creating contrast and intrigue. The unfolding views offer tantalising glimpses of twisted wisteria stems, graceful Lagerstroemia trees, scented thyme carpets and in the heart of the garden, the rugged form of two mature pomegranate trees.

The M&G Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Sarah Price


Colour is unexpected and dazzling. The use of intricate, layered planting creates an almost pointillist vision when viewed from afar. A clashing cacophony of deep pinks, lilacs and yellow flowers are held together by swards of grasses. Gravel scree plantings of Asphodelus, Dianthus and delicate poppies interweave informal pathways surrounded by low tapestries of ground hugging, scented herbs and the silvery tones of sub shrubs.

The M&G Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Sarah Price

Plant list

Shrubs & Sub shrubs:

Rosa 'Geranium'
Isoplexis canariensis
Euphorbia cyparissias
Pistacia lentiscus
Ozothamnus ledifolius
Satureja thymbra 'Alba'
Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius 'Silver Jubilee'

 

Perennials & Bi-annuals:

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Artemisia abrotanum
Santolina rosmarinifolia subsp. rosmarinifolia 'Primrose Gem'
Centranthus ruber
Geranium sanguineum
Foeniculum vulgare
Dianthus carthusianorum
Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus
Potentilla recta 'Warrenii'
Euphorbia rigida
Daucus carota
Galium verum
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta 'Blue Cloud'
Helichrysum italicum subsp. serotinum
Isatis tinctoria
Senecio polyodon
Dianthus cruentus
Geranium pyrenaicum
Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora 'Bampton'
Athamanta turbith
Dianthus knappii
Rhodiola fastigiata
Zizia aurea
Centranthus lecoqii
Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'
Dorycnium pentaphyllum subsp. pentaphyllum
Limoniastrum monopetalum 'Carnaval'
Iris xiphium
Teucrium marum

 

Grasses & Restio:

Briza maxima
Carex testacea
Elegia tectorum
Festuca amethystina
Briza media
Stipa lessingiana
Carex remota

 

Ground cover / Low Scree:

Asparagus officinalis
Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'
Bulbine frutescens
Bupleurum fruticosum
Crithmum maritimum
Lunaria annua 'Chedglow'
Teucrium marum

 

Bulbs:

Borago officinalis
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Allium siculum bulgaricum
Agrostemma githago
Tulipa sprengeri
Brassica rapa 'Atlantic'
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Echium plantagineum 'Little Bells'
Hordeum jubatum
Reseda luteola
Glaucium flavum
Nigella hispanica
Ridolfia segetum
Euphorbia oblongata
Allium narcissiflorum

 

Climbers:

Capparis spinosa
Jasminum polyanthum
Rosmarinus officinalis
Vitis
Wisteria