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. STEP UP
is is a clean, simple, modern garden that is ideal
for a stylish new building.
e garden is arranged on different levels, each
one supported by gabions filled with rocks and
surfaced with metal grids. e top level is for
relaxing and features an elegant Japanese maple,
which is the focal point of the garden.
e low-maintenance plants are suited to a rock
garden and need less watering as they prefer poor
soil that is well-drained.
e gabions provide a habitat for all sorts of
creatures and permeable surface allows water to
drain through it slowly, reducing the incidence of
e Modern Rock Garden is environmentally
friendly and is designed by Tomoko Osone of
Osone Garden Design for the RHS Chelsea Flower
The containers are arranged
in a dramatic and artistic
way with each containing a
di erent plant species.
If your garden has uneven
surfaces then this design can
easily be incorporated.
. WHITE OUT
A sculpture can transform a garden into a work
of art and this sculpture by Simon omas is the
centrepiece of the Cancer Research UK Garden
from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
Movement in a simple form inspires the
design. e sculpture is designed to appear as if
it has crashed into a reflecting pool that has sent
shockwaves out into the garden, radiating across
from the water and spilling onto the paving and
e garden features low stonewalls, lower beds
and paving in crisp white. e dominant white
emphasises the vibrant colours and textures of the
Designed by Robert Myers, the garden is
dominated by multi-stemmed sumach (rhus
typhina), creating a canopy of shade.
e richly textured sculptural evergreens and
groundcover plants are interspersed with grasses
and perennials in pale shades of white, blue and
yellow. e garden is dramatic and designed to be
e small sections of lawn is leptinella squalida,
a tiny herb from New Zealand and much easier to
maintain than other types of grass.
The surrounding curved
stonewall has detailed
carvings in it that mimic
the garden design.
The garden uses a variety
of plants including hakonechloa
macro, which is a type of Japanese
grass, iris pallida and cotton lavender.
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