Smoke and Mirrors

The Smoke and Mirrors show garden, designed by Alexandra Froggatt and supported by Brett Landscaping, has triumphed at the RHS London Plant and Design Show after winning a Gold Medal, the first time a show garden has been honoured with such an award at the event.
“I am elated and really thrilled!” Alexandra told The Landscaper . “We have worked really hard on this garden. We’ve spent a month in pre-fabrication and three days building the garden at the show, but it’s been a fantastic experience and we are delighted to have won this award.
“Feedback on the garden has been really positive. The fact that ours is the first show garden to win a Gold Award makes it even more special.”
Brett Landscaping supported the garden with a donation of Silver Grey Granite which was meticulously cut to the curves of the pathway which runs through the garden. The pale grey stone, which has also been used in the seating area, provides strong contrast against the warm greens, reds and pinks of the planting, and acts to lift and lighten the design.
Alexandra Froggatt continues; “The Smoke and Mirrors garden has been designed to be stylish and contemporary and is based on the theme of ‘Awkward Alleys’. The garden demonstrates how even the smallest space can be maximised using various garden design tricks such as mirrors, curves, horizontal lines and strategic use of colour. The planting is bold and bright with evergreen shrubs and colourful stems for year round interest.”
Alexandra, whose company Azalea Designs is based in Cheshire, is developing a strong reputation as a designer. She won second place in the Young Designer of the Year Competition at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2011.
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Azalea Landscape Design

Based in Cheshire, Alexandra Froggatt established Azalea in 2010, a garden design company focused on bringing bold and exciting ideas to outdoor spaces with a underlying emphasis on environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening solutions. In 2011 she designed her first ever show garden at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show achieving not only a silver gilt but also second place in the