Low Cost, High Impact Gardens

The RHS and the APL have announced the entries that have been selected for the new ‘Low Cost, High Impact’ category at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The new category, which was exclusively open to members of the APL, aims to showcase a practical approach to gardens that also provide a wow factor where visitors will be able to recreate the garden design, based on a fixed budget for hard landscaping, plant material and labour.
A total of four gardens have been selected to showcase what can be achieved for a £7k, £10k and £13k (x2) budget.
Gardens from the following APL members have been selected:-
£7k Budget – ‘Our First Home, Our First Garden’
Designer – Nilufer Danis, Landform Consultants
This is designed for a young professional couple with little spare cash and little knowledge of gardens and plants. A space to chill in with friends and entertain it is their first garden designed to engage them and inspire a love of gardening.
£10k Budget – ‘A Compromising Situation’
Designer – Richard Wanless, Twigs Gardens
Lots of compromises here, a place to sit and chat to neighbours and somewhere to sit quietly with some lawn, flower borders, a wildlife area and a pond. Each worthy of 50m2 on their own but compromises have to be made. Dealing with the sloping north facing garden of a Victorian terraced property where neighbours share an access immediately between the house and garden.
£13k Budget – ‘Summer In the Garden’
Designer – Mike Harvey, Arun Landscapes
Summer Living outdoors with a modern ‘Mediterranean’ theme. To promote small gardens without a lawn! To suggest plants suitable for a sunny dry garden with beautifully laid reclaimed Yorkshire ‘crazy paving’ – reclaimed York stone on a budget.
£13k Budget – ‘ Live Outdoors’
Designer – Roger Smith – Garden House Design
To demonstrate how a great design, with professional landscaping does not need to be compromised by budget restrictions. An outdoor space to socialise and entertain with a feeling of seclusion and privacy. Inspired by a common brief.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July 2012)
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July 2012).

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