Did you have a chance to see the show gardens of the Garden Awards finalists at Grand Designs London 2013? Four garden designers were chosen as finalists by Kevin McCloud for their innovative use of a 40 s.m. (430 s.f.) plot. So basically a small garden which is what most of us in urban areas have (if you are lucky!).
Garden Finalist 1 (and Winner) by Christine Wilkie
Get the look: Traxmax aggregate from CED Natural Stone; bee hotels from The Red Beehive Company; LED lights from BLT Direct; furniture from Indian Ocean; artificial lawn from Easigrass; stone planters from Livinggreen Design; pebble tiling from Porcelanosa and cedar cladding from Global Timber Products.
Andy Stedman’s garden is an homage to up cycling showing how industrial chic can be done on a small scale.
The green pergola is actually painted scaffolding. Framed vertical planters provide a living green wall. The feature wall is a grid made from recycled re-bar, steel and recycled floor joists and filled with potted Buxus. Sedum strips in the decking add interest and planting to the floor space.
Get the look: Planters from Cedar Nursery; LED Cubes; raised decks from Swift Scaffolding and slatted screen from Silva Timber.
What do you think of these gardens? They provide lots great ideas for making gardens eco-friendly. I love the up cycling of materials, the recycling of water and living walls. These designs really show that a contemporary garden can be so much more than hard surfaces and minimal planting.
These gardens really make me look forward to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week. I’ve never managed to get tickets before and I am SO looking forward to it.