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The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden

By West London based garden designer Jonathan Snow. This year, Jonathan and Trailfinders want to transport visitors several thousand miles west around the globe, to the temperate rainforests of South America, specifically Chile, a destination that’s increasing in popularity for Trailfinders.

The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden by West London based garden designer Jonathan Snow Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Chile is a long thin country, more than 2,500 miles from north to south, and narrower than 100 miles in places. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and Andes mountain range to the west and east respectively, and the freezing Antarctic South and hot and arid Atacama Desert in the north, Chile is something of a biogeographic island, with, as a result of millions of years of isolation, a high number of endemic plants.

The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden by West London based garden designer Jonathan Snow Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The temperate rainforest zone occurs towards the south of the country, and is characterized by not just high rainfalls, but relatively cool temperatures, a climate in fact not dissimilar to parts of the UK.

The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden by West London based garden designer Jonathan Snow Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The garden will also feature a red walkway, winding its way sinuously around the rugged landscape, trees and water.

The Trailfinders 'Undiscovered Latin America' Garden by West London based garden designer Jonathan Snow Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Plant list

Trees

Araucaria araucana
Nothofagus antarctica

 

Shrubs

Crinodendron hookerianum
Desfontainia spinosa
Berberis darwinii
Berberis x stenophylla
Buddleja globosa
Cytisus scoparius
Escallonia rubra 'Crimson Spire'
Sambucus nigra
Escallonia 'Red Elf'
Gaultheria mucronata
Abutilon vitifolium
Cestrum parqui
Luma apiculata
Cissus striata
Fuchsia magellanica
Hypericum androsaemum
Solanum crispum

 

Ferns and grasses

Blechnum chilense
Dryopteris cycadina
Carex pseudocyperus
Blechnum penna-marina
Adiantum raddianum 'Fragrantissimum'
Lophosoria quadripinnata

 

Perennials

Gunnera manicata
Myrrhis odorata
Prunella vulgaris
Echium vulgare
Geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw'
Hypericum perforatum
Libertia grandiflora
Geranium robertianum
Fascicularia bicolor
Mimulus luteus
Digitalis purpurea
Francoa sonchifolia
Ranunculus acris
Valeriana officinalis
Cymbalaria muralis
Calceolaria integrifolia
Lobelia tupa
Sisyrinchium striatum
Mentha aquatica
Gunnera magellanica
Jovellana violacea
Selaginella kraussiana
Tillandsia usneoides
Malus sylvestris
Anemone multifida
Mimulus naiandinus
Alonsoa meridionalis 'Rebel'
Fragaria chiloensis
Mimulus guttatus