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The QVC Garden

By Sarah Price. Surrounded by still, reflective water and fresh, naturalistic planting, The QVC Garden is a replenishing space of calm beauty. Blending architectural form with rural inspiration, natural elements and modernist design combine to create a tranquil space for intimate relaxation, quiet reflection and rejuvenation.

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Light, steel structures create subtle frames and points of alignment directing views into the garden. Sited within this framework, an overhanging stone platform and sunken seating area offer an uplifting space for the senses, reaffirming connections to the surrounding calm water and abundant stylised meadow.

Chelsea 2008 qvc garden

Fragmented, stacked and machine-sawn stone, rammed earth walls, and an etched tinted mirror form a warm, muted backdrop to a fresh palette of lime green foliage and creamy-white and yellow flowers.

Chelsea 2008 qvc garden

Accents of dusky pink Astrantia, Sanguisorba and aubergine foliage of Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' provide further tonal counterpoints.

Chelsea 2008 qvc garden

A base palette of grasses is blended with umbellifers to simultaneously provide harmony and contrast in form. This 'meadow mix' forms a compositional overlay of parallel repeats running through the garden. Multi-stemmed Malus species introduce height, and further framing to this abundant composition.

Chelsea 2008 qvc garden

Planting list:

Nectaroscordum siculum subsp. bulgaricum
Angelica archangelica
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'
Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'
Aquilegia 'Kristall'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Altrosa'
Astrantia major 'Claret'
Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Camassia leichtlinii 'Semiplena'
Cenolophium denudatum
Deschampsia cespitosa
Dianthus carthusianorum
Dianthus superbus
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Euphorbia palustris
Euphorbia polychroma
Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea'
Foeniculum vulgare
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Geranium phaeum
Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Geranium sylvaticum 'Album'
Hesperis matronalis
Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
Inula magnifica (for foliage)
Iris 'Sibirica Alba'
Iris sibirica 'Eric the Red'
Lunaria annua
Luzula nivea
Milium effusum 'Aureum'
Myrrhis odorata
Papaver orientale 'Black and White'
Sanguisorba menziesii
Symphytum 'Rubrum'
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium