Friday, 29 June 2012

Chelsea 2012: The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden

Arne Maynard’s romantic Laurent Perrier garden was one of our favourites at Chelsea, and deservedly won a Gold Medal.

Plants included foxgloves (Digitalis x mertonensis) and Linaria purpurea Canon Went (in the photo above).

There were lots of pink and purple flowers throughout the garden, such as the opium poppies (Papaver somniferum Black Paeony), Geranium phaeum Walküre, Centaurea Jordy, Centaurea cyanus Black Ball, Centranthus lecoqii, Salvia x sylvestris Rose Queen, and Viola cornuta Victoria’s Blush.

One feature he likes to have in all of his gardens are domes of intertwined hazel twigs through which he grows roses, such as the Rosa Reine Victoria seen above, Rosa New Dawn, Rosa Burgundy Ice, Rosa Reine des Violettes, and Rosa Louise Odier.

Other planting (all of which was supplied by Crocus) included wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Hesperis matronalis albiflora (which are attractive to bees), Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae; and the beautiful grass Briza media Golden Bee.

He framed the walkways with pleached copper beech, and used clipped box balls and an aged pear tree as focal points.

A nice touch was the pebble path, laid by Turkish craftsmen.

He also had a rill, filled with pebbles, running along the edge of the garden.

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