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The M&G Retreat Garden

M&G has commissioned award-winning landscape designer Jo Thompson to create a sylvan themed garden retreat.

The M&G Retreat Garden

The M&G Garden features a two-storey oak framed building inspired by the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle, a large natural swimming pond edged with water-loving plants, a woodland of river birches, acacias and acers, and a garden with tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams, with a touch of orange.

The M&G Retreat Garden

Partially covered by trees and lush planting, The M&G Garden design for 2015 draws on Jo’s local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where she currently lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond owing to her childhood in Dorset.

The M&G Retreat Garden

The romantic garden represents a quintessentially British restorative retreat, where visitors will be able to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Plant list  

Ferns

Asplenium scolopendrium
Asplenium trichomanes
Matteuccia struthiopteris

Perennials

Alchemilla mollis
Artemisia abrotanum
Centranthus ruber 'Albus'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness'
Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir White'
Tellima grandiflora
Saxifraga Southside Seedling Group
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Thymus vulgaris 'Silver Posie'
Geranium sanguineum 'Album'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'
Aquilegia alpina
Astrantia 'Roma'
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (Thompson & Morgan)
Erodium 'Bishop's Form'
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Phlox divaricata subsp. laphamii 'Chattahoochee'
Rehmannia elata
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Geranium phaeum
Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
Nectaroscordum siculum
Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum'
Epimedium pubigerum
Geranium sanguineum 'Max Frei'
Astrantia major 'Large White'
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais'
Hosta 'Empress Wu'
Thalictrum 'Elin'
Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'
Semiaquilegia ecalcarata
Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'
Geranium phaeum 'Walkure'
Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Cotswold Beauty'

 

Annuals

Gypsophila cerastioides
Daucus carota
Ridolfia segetum

Roses

Rosa 'Nuits de Young'
Rosa 'Tuscany Superb'
Rosa 'Reine des Violettes'
Rosa 'Chianti'
Rosa 'Louise Odier'


Trees and shrubs

Alnus cordata
Styrax japonicus
Myrtus communis
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga'
Betula nigra
Acer palmatum
Alnus incana
Westringia fruticosa
Wisteria (any variety)
Cornus kousa