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The South West Water Green Garden

By Devon garden designer Tom Simpson. The garden, designed by Tom, aged 28 from Kingswear near Dartmouth, showcases many of the attributes of a sustainable rain garden, treating water as a precious resource and helping to reduce run-off from hard surfaces which can overload drains and cause flooding.

The South West Water Green Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by Devon garden designer Tom Simpson

The design features a large raised bowl of water surrounded by curved hedging, a mini-rain garden or swale, and a swirl of flood-tolerant plants, underpinned by sweeping drifts of free-draining gravel to create a permeable surface.

The South West Water Green Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by Devon garden designer Tom Simpson

The South West Water Green Garden is inspired by the recyclability of water as a precious resource. Its fluid design aims to encourage residents and communities to think about the sustainable management of water in our gardens and the wider urban environment, helping to reduce flood risk.

The South West Water Green Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by Devon garden designer Tom Simpson

The garden showcases South West Water’s Downstream Thinking initiative. This involves working with nature to protect homes and public spaces from flooding, creating more resilient communities.

The South West Water Green Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by Devon garden designer Tom Simpson

After the Show, The South West Water Green Garden will be recycled and relocated to Exeter to become part of a landscaped area outside the company’s head office on Rydon Lane, demonstrating the benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems and effective rainwater management.

Plant list

Angelica archangelica
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'
Blechnum spicant
Artemisia lactiflora
Lobelia x gerardii 'Vedrariensis'
Centaurea montana
Epimedium grandiflorum
Eryngium giganteum
Hesperis matronalis
Erigeron 'Dunkelste Aller'
Selinum wallichianum
Tradescantia Andersoniana Group 'Concord Grape'
Carex muskingumensis
Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Sporobolus heterolepis
Lobelia tupa
Datisca cannabina
Campanula 'Sarastro'
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Erica'
Thalictrum 'Elin'
Blechnum penna-marina
Seseli libanotis
Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba
Lobelia siphilitica
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Purpurlanze'
Aruncus 'Woldemar Meier'
Penstemon strictus
Rodgersia podophylla 'Braunlaub'
Sanguisorba 'Blackthorn'