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Landworks News – September 26th 2007

Round up of Garden Design Shows 2007

Landworks will be producing a show garden for the Homes and Gardens Show at Carmarthen on the 7th and 8th June, 2008. Because of this we have been reviewing the 2007 shows with an eagle eye to see which ideas are getting a bit tired and which are still new and fresh. Here are some of our thoughts:

1Gardener’s World Live: Planting styles were generally very relaxed, with curving lines and ‘shaggy’ plants. Regularity was provided by hard landscaping. Inevitably after last year’s summer, drought tolerant plants were heavily featured so it was all the more unfortunate we had such a wet summer! Decking platforms and walkways were very much in evidence, while stone patios and paths were usually softened with exuberant planting on the edges. We liked the bold simplicity of the Croft garden (pictured), although we thought the choice of lilac gravel an odd one. There were remarkably few designs incorporating water – presumably because of the garden water shortages in 2006.We predict marsh plants will be big next year! 

Tatton Park: Here again there were very few straight lines or sharp lines. Softening the edges of the gardens was the main theme. Planting was loose and informal, with a contrast of shapes and textures taking precedence over formal planting styles. Mosaics, either of glass tiles or stones laid in patterns were a big feature (Landworks got there first this year – see our ‘Roman garden’!). Another common feature was making walls or seating from slightly unusual materials – boulders making up the base of benches and chunks of glass appearing in walls. We felt quite pleased – Landworks completed our first bottle benches and walls in 2006! Continued