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The Year of Green Action Garden

Designed by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham. This accessible, sensory-rich family garden promotes the Year of Green Action 2019. 

The Year of Green Action Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham garden designers

It shows how engaging with the wonders of the natural world can foster deep, lasting connections, motivating us to care and act for the environment that cares for us. The garden takes the visitor on a journey into nature. Visitors can explore hanging tactile living panels, plants grown for their sensory appeal and children's miniature garden worlds.

The Year of Green Action Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham garden designers

The journey continues through scented nectar-rich flowers to a nature haven of hidden dens and sensory snug -a space for vital time out and relaxation. Making use of limited space, the garden will feature raised planters made fromupcycled industrial drums and renovated containers,andvertical green panelswill be made from recycled and FSC timber. Asensory dome is made from locally sourced bamboo as other materials used within the garden includesrecycled shredded rubber and permeable paving.

The Year of Green Action Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham garden designers

The garden also features hand crafted ceramic tiles made in collaboration with Cornwall's famous Leach Pottery.Defra and Sensory Trust have created this garden to raise awareness of the Year of Green Action which is calling for people to take positive steps to care for the environment. It demonstrates how easily people and wildlife can live together while showcasing anaccessible and beautiful design, full of transferable ideas. It highlightshow children of all abilities and their families can be inspired to engage with nature for their health and well-being, inspiring them to contribute to restoring our natural world.

The Year of Green Action Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham garden designers

Planting and Colour Scheme

The plantings are chosen to appeal to all the senses. Visually, the garden moves from more mixed, stimulating colours on the patio and pollinator area to more calming blues, purplesand greens inthe quieter spaces towards the end of the garden. 

Textural interest is provided through flowers, leaves, vertical gardens and container plantings, as well as within the dens and tunnels. Scent, touch and taste are heightened on the patio with containers and vertical panels filled with vegetables, fruit, herbs and scented leaves and flowers.Edibleswill include peas, beans, tomatoes, salads, strawberries -easy for children to grow and enjoy. Runner beans will also be grown over a green canopy, while Corylus avellanawill provide foraging opportunities.Key planting includes bamboo, which is used in the dome construction, as well as forming tunnels and dens. Sensory nectar-rich plants for pollinators such as Lavandulaand Alliumprovidesfood for wildlifewhile child-friendly plants includingsunflowersandsnapdragons will intrigue and engage children.

Plant list


Betula pendula
Malus sylvestris

Plants at the end of the garden

Alchemilla mollis
Asplenium scolopendrium
Dryopteris affinis
Borago officinalis
Laurus nobilis
Dryopteris filix-mas
Hedera hibernica
Carpinus betulus
Spiraea 'Arguta'
Corylus avellana
Dipsacus fullonum
Hedera helix
Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'
Fragaria vesca 'Mara des Bois'
Geranium pratense
Vinca minor f. alba
Carex divulsa
Lonicera japonica

Bamboo tunnel

Luzula sylvatica 'Marginata'
Phyllostachys bissetii
Luzula sylvatica

Pollinator plants

Angelica archangelica
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Verbena bonariensis
Stipa gigantea
Stipa tenuissima
Allium 'Globemaster'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Allium sphaerocephalon
Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
Lythrum salicaria 'Blush'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Allium cernuum
Angelica gigas
Geranium renardii
Fuchsia 'Delta's Sara'
Cynara scolymus 'Green Globe'
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geum 'Borisii'
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album'
Thymus pseudolanuginosus
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
Allium cepa Proliferum Group
Allium 'Millenium'
Cynara cardunculus (Scolymus Group) 'Violet de Provence'
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Flush of White'
Carex divulsa
Helianthus annuus
Allium schoenoprasum
Ammi majus 'Snowflake'

Vertical planted beds

Mentha requienii
Origanum vulgare
Fragaria vesca
Hylotelephium telephium 'Autumn Joy'
Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Cotula hispida


Bellis perennis
Thymus serpyllum var. albus
Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague'


Trachelospermum jasminoides
Wisteria sinensis
Passiflora caerulea
Vitis vinifera
Cucurbita moschata 'Tromboncino'
Lonicera periclymenum

Planted containers and troughs

Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Mentha requienii
Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Juncus effusus f. spiralis
Festuca glauca
Antirrhinum majus
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Lathyrus chloranthus
Tagetes tenuifolia 'Lemon Gem'
Isolepis cernua
Thymus pseudolanuginosus
Diosma ericoides 'Sunset Gold'
Pisum sativum 'Twinkle'
Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings'

Kitchen garden

Ocimum basilicum
Helichrysum italicum
Allium tuberosum
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Bright Lights'
Tropaeolum majus
Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'