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The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden

By Garden Designer Tony Woods. As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever. Weather is increasingly unpredictable, with drier summers and wetter winters.

The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by  Garden Designer Tony Woods

This garden discovers how small changes can care for water while still enabling gardensto thrive. It is designed to embrace sustainability and inspire visitors to care about water. Visitors will see how they can encourage biodiversity, reduce water use and prevent flooding, at home, in schools and community spaces, through plants thatneed less water, permeable paving, and explore how wildflower meadows can provide a habitat in your home.

The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by  Garden Designer Tony Woods

It encourages conserving water by collecting rainfall or selecting drought-friendly plants, gardeners can help to ensure there’s enough water to go around in the future, and demonstrates how gardeners can be more sustainable and responsible by reducing their water usage.

The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by  Garden Designer Tony Woods

A central Rainfall Pavilion will show the essential cycle of water that we all rely on to live and grow while aThames On Tap water bar will offer free refills of waterto visitors.Thames Water are building a better future for their customers, their region and the planet, and so this garden asks visitors to consider how they use water, the world’s most precious resource.

The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by  Garden Designer Tony Woods

Planting and Colour Scheme 

The garden encourages a ‘less is more’ approach andwill demonstrate three main planting areas including drought tolerant, moisture tolerant and planting to encourage wildlife.The garden will have ‘teaching beds’ where children can learn abouthow fruit and vegetables are grown and their dependence on watering. Key plants include Eryngium giganteum, Agave americana, Sedum spathulifolium, Echinacea pallidaand Crambe maritima.

Plant list

Ornamental Pollinators and Dry Garden Plants

Convolvulus cneorum
Cistus 'Silver Pink'
Ballota pseudodictamnus
Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group
Verbena bonariensis
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Cynara cardunculus
Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Euphorbia myrsinites
Helianthemum 'The Bride'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough'
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
Helichrysum italicum
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'
Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'
Eryngium x oliverianum
Eryngium giganteum
Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'
Eryngium agavifolium
Saponaria officinalis
Tanacetum vulgare
Limonium platyphyllum
Santolina pinnata subsp. neapolitana 'Edward Bowles'
Stachys byzantina
Kniphofia 'Tawny King'
Cistus x obtusifolius 'Thrive'
Festuca glauca
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Sedum oreganum
Linaria purpurea
Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'
Euphorbia rigida
Crambe maritima
Salvia argentea
Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'
Thymus serpyllum var. albus
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta 'Blue Cloud'
Sesleria nitida
Echinacea pallida
Sedum spathulifolium
Penstemon 'Dark Towers'
Verbena hastata f. rosea
Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'
Erigeron glaucus 'Sea Breeze'
Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch'
Centranthus lecoqii
Allium schoenoprasum
Verbena hastata
Nepeta tuberosa
Phlomis 'Edward Bowles'

 

Rain Garden and Pond Edge Plants

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'
Carex pendula
Asplenium trichomanes
Darmera peltata
Lythrum salicaria 'Robert'
Myosotis scorpioides
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Juncus effusus f. spiralis
Cyperus longus
Menyanthes trifoliata
Rodgersia aesculifolia
Lysimachia nummularia
Juncus inflexus
Mentha aquatica
Eleocharis palustris
Glyceria maxima var. variegata
Stachys palustris

Vegetable Teaching Garden Plants

 

Artemisia dracunculus French
Coriandrum sativum
Thymus serpyllum
Salvia officinalis
Mentha x piperita
Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy'
Thymus Coccineus Group
Satureja hortensis
Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem'
Lactuca sativa 'Lollo Rossa'
Allium cepa 'North Holland Blood Red'
Pisum sativum 'Early Onward'
Fragaria x ananassa 'Cambridge Favorite'
Tropaeolum majus 'Black Velvet' (Tom Thumb Series)
Cucurbita pepo 'Romanesco'
Pisum sativum 'Blauwschokker'
Lactuca sativa 'Merveille de Quatre Saisons'
Diplotaxis tenuifolia
Nasturtium officinale
Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Green'
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Nero di Toscana'