The M+G Garden RHS Chelsea 2018. Designed by Sarah Price and built by Crocus.
The design for the garden is an imagined sanctuary which expands on an idea that a wall, a tree and a seat can create an intimate, sheltered and beautiful place of repose. Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean, the garden will celebrate the beauty and simplicity of the Region’s unique landscape through the use of modest and sustainable raw materials and a vibrant planting palette.
To bring this story to life, Sarah used Mediterranean flora and raw materials dug directly out of the earth – red aggregates, clay and terracotta - to provide a sense of warmth and richness. The selection of our gravels quarried in Herefordshire and Devon provided the perfect texture and warmth with the natural reds, pinks and brown tones in total harmony with the design.
Textured, rammed earth walls were created from a bespoke blend of screened dusts and gravels chosen for their shape, colour and texture and with the stacked tiles, they frame the spaces, creating contrast and intrigue. The unfolding views offer tantalising glimpses of twisted wisteria stems, graceful Lagerstroemia trees (Crepe Myrtle), scented thyme carpets and in the heart of the garden, the rugged form of two mature pomegranate trees.
This is a garden of contrast: colour is subtle, but also unexpected and dazzling; subshrubs with foliage that vary from glaucous to chartreuse; a clashing cacophony of scarlet, pink, lilac and yellow flowers are held together by grassy swathes. The garden’s composition pivots around the branching forms of Pomegranate trees. Their rugged forms command space and attention and are reflected in the glassy surface of the large pool. Looking deeper in to the pool the base calmly reflects the Devonshire pink 20mm aggregate, the colours matching the Devonshire Pink dust and various grades, which form the trickling stream beds and mulching.