One of this year’s gardens at the Hampton Court Palace Flower show is ‘The Green, Black and White Garden’, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements.
The garden design was by Krista Grindley, an ex Capel Manor College student who now owns her own garden design company, Greenworks Design. Krista was the winner of a competition sponsored by Anglian Home Improvement, aimed to create a garden with maximum visual and design impact but minimal impact on the environment and minimal effort for the average homeowner.
The basis of Krista’s eye catching design was to produce a modern garden with traditional features that brought the indoors out and the outdoors in. Key features include an original 1888 fireplace rescued from a hotel and vineyard in Dorset, a traditional shaped outside sofa and table (made from contemporary materials and designed to be left permanently outside) and a bespoke bright annealed stainless steel rill and pool. At the centre of the design is an Anglian Home Improvements Victorian style, white woodgrain finish conservatory – a product recently launched by the leading home improvement company.
The environmentally friendly elements of the design are apparent in all dimensions of the garden, from the use of a variety of sustainable materials and the sourcing of all materials from UK suppliers, to the abundant wildlife habitats including bird and bug boxes and planting that attracts wildlife and helps maintain a natural ecological balance in the garden.
Plants within the garden have been chosen to reflect the ‘green, black and white’ theme and create an impact with texture and foliage. All plants in the design are widely available making it a scheme that is easily achievable by any gardening enthusiast. These include evergreens, shrubs and grasses such as ‘Ble Oatgrass’ and Black Bamboo, as well as White Roses, Chocolate Cosmos and Willowherb