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The Sadolin Nature to Nurture Garden

By Philippa Pearson. Situated on the rural fringes of a town, this contemporary garden has evolved from a natural wild area.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

It shows - both physically and figuratively - the meeting point between nature and nurture, rather like Sadolin's nurturing woodstains, which are designed to enhance the natural beauty of wood.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

The design reflects elements of the surrounding countryside to create a modern, relaxing space, perfect for entertaining and family time.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

The planting style in the square ornamental beds borrows from the wildflowers on the other side of the fence, with a soft, natural approach combining form and texture with highlights of colour and 'transparent' taller plants. Throughout the garden, natural and cultivated plants have been chosen to attract beneficial insects and wildlife.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

The garden room is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the beds as well as the striking stainless steel sculpture at the furthest boundary. This decked structure celebrates the timeless appeal of wood, but a sedum roof, zinc irrigation pipes and Sadolin woodstain give it a contemporary twist.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

This structure will be incorporated later into a garden designed by Philippa Pearson for a mental health hospital at Fulbourn, Cambridge.

Hamton court flower show 2009 - nature to nurture

Plants list

Trees
Acer davidii
Betula nigra

Annuals
Geranium

Ornamental grass
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Perennials
Agapanthus africanus
Allium sphaerocephalon
Cephalria gigantea
Crocosmia Lucifer
Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'
Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Giant'
Eremurus × isabellinus 'Cleopatra'
Eryngium 'Jos Eijking'
Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'
Hemerocallis 'Hyperon'
Knautia macedonia
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Aglaia'
Lilium regale
Sanguisorba tenufolia 'Pink Elephant'
Selenium carvifolium
Verbena bonariensis
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'

Wildflowers
Selinum wallichianum
Chamaemelum nobile
Agrostemma githago
Chrysanthemum segetum
Papaver rhoeas 
Knautia arvensis
Foxglove
Centaurea scabiosa
Leucanthemum vulgare
Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Jenny'
Dipsacus fullonum