As part of the RHS Young Designers 2017 competition, which has become a stepping stone for many new talents, three finalists were each been given their own show garden at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, with a brief to create an outside office space.
A multi-functional space with three different seating areas, including a covered home office set up with a desk and computer, a long meeting table for group work and discussions, and a small bench at the end of a gravel path for quiet reading or phone calls.
The garden is inspired by the High-line and Piet Oudolf’s use of grasses, as well as New York rooftop gardens where the more naturalistic planting provides an escape from the busy city life. Jake uses a Prairie-style planting scheme with various grasses that intermix with the bold colour of the perennial drifts. A water trough sitting in the middle of the garden provides contrast and simplicity to the planting around.
Gabbro boulders are set amongst the planting and 10 – 20mm Grey Limestone Aggregate is used for the paths. Contrasting with the orange-rust colour of the rectangular trough, Jake has submerged Flat Beige Pebbles just under the clear water to make the water feature really stand out.
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