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The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden

By garden designer Rory Andrews. The inspiration for this show garden is the Brunel railway bridge on the River Thames, between Moulsford and Cholsey in South Oxfordshire, and the native planting surrounding it.

The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Rory Andrews

The brickwork arch on the underside of the bridge is laid in an off-axis pattern, creating a hugely impressive effect that draws comment from all those who walk under it.

The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Rory Andrews

The planting in the garden takes its lead from two very contrasting ecosystems that sit side by side on this part of The Thames. The slightly raised riverbank contains a diverse range of wildflowers, providing pinks, whites, blues and yellows in colour.

The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Rory Andrews

The planting palette for this 5x5 metre garden has been chosen to reflect some of the forms, textures and colours of these Thames Path plants, whilst using specimens that better fit the scale of the relatively small space - as well as flowering time for the show. The planting to the extents of the garden is inspired by the bold, more restricted plantings on the floodplains that adjoin the Thames Path, where acres of often just one plant, Sedge, can be seen.

The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Rory Andrews

A sea of native Sedge, punctuated by a single Purple Loosestrife is a scheme recreated in this garden using a more delicate, non-native Sedge. The main structural planting in the South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden uses pollarded Willows, a river bank mainstay, and dome-clipped Yews, which mimic the blocks of shrubs that spill into the Thames.

Plant List:

Trees:

Salix alba


Hedging:

Crataegus monogyna


Topiary:

Taxus baccata


Herbaceous (A-Z):

Penstemon 'White Bedder'
Achillea 'Moonshine'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Lythrum salicaria 'Robert'
Astilbe 'Deutschland'
Sanguisorba 'Tanna'
Astrantia major 'Star of Billion'
Eryngium bourgatii
Geranium 'Blue Cloud'
Lychnis coronaria Atrosanguinea Group

 

Grasses:

Carex elata 'Aurea'
Carex muskingumensis
Juncus inflexus
Deschampsia cespitosa