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The RBC Blue Water Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 he RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency

London Olympic Park 2012 Gardens designer Nigel Dunnett will be creating a garden for RHS Chelsea that is a modern and environmentally positive interpretation of the traditional ‘paradise garden’.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 he RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency

Instead of formal rills and canals, excess rainwater will be channelled and stored in ‘Bioswales’, which will form the central feature in the garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 he RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency

Planting will be dramatic, naturalistic and exuberant, in Nigel Dunnett’s style, and will feature huge swathes of Turk’s cap lillies, growing as if in their natural habitat. A dramatic pavilion will be inspired by the architecture of the Puglia region of Italy.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 he RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency

The garden will explore the concept of ‘artful rainwater management’ by showing how sustainable concepts and support for biodiversity can form the basis for the design of even the most formal of gardens.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 he RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency

Plant list   


Actaea simplex 'Brunette'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Allium cernuum
Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
Anthericum liliago
Aquilegia 'Green Apples'
Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis'
Asphodelus albus
Astrantia 'Roma'
Atriplex hortensis rubra
Briza media
Centaurea Cyanus
Cirsium rivulare 'atropurpureum'
Clematis recta 'Moonlight'
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Garnet Schist'
Epimedium ‘Frohnleiten’
Erysimun 'Bowles Mauve'
Festuca 'Elijah Blue'
Geum 'Lemon Drops'
Gillenia trifoliata
Hordeum jubatum
Iris chrysographes
Lilium Martagom 'Claude Shride'
Lilium Martagom 'Orange Marmalade'
Lilium Martagon
Lilium Martagon Album
Lilium parry
Luzula Hohe Tatra
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Alba'
Melanoselinum decipiens
Melica altissima alba
Molopospermum peloponnesiacum
Onoclea sensibilis
Papaver spicatum
Penstemon 'Heavenly Blue'
Penstemon 'Raven'
Primula japonica 'Postford White'
Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
Scabiosa columbaria nana
Scabiosa ochroleuca
Sesleria nitida
Thalictrum 'Black Stocking'
Thalictrum 'Ellin'
Tiarella sugar and spice
Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens'
Verbascum blatteria albiflorum
Viola cornuta 'alba'