I think that the best of Hampton Court this year is the focus on small spaces. All the gardens are small but there were at least three categories which specifically asked for small to be dealt with.
Photographs are by David Baldock unless otherwise cited.
Feel Good Gardens
First the Feel Good Gardens, designed in response to a nationwide competition inviting amateur gardeners and designers to design a front garden taking inspiration from their local region. The call was in response to the fact that one in four front gardens in Britain are now completely paved over and our modern streets in the UK are, for the first time, more grey than green. Four winners worked to design and build their gardens for Hampton Court Garden Show.
I love the interpretation shown here.
This is a small secluded space for sitting with that cup of coffee and the paper.
Secondly there was an entry called Flower Boxes.
These displays, created by community groups and other organisations. As the gardens had to made to fit into a square measuring just 10x10ft (3x3m), they show that less can definitely be more. These flower and vegetable boxes indicate just how much you can squeeze into a small plot and have fun with the design.
I do love the tiny garden below cleverly planted with a range of umber and purple flowering plants (seemingly a significant trend this year) in a simple setting which shows people are invited into this beautiful setting too.
The little number below also demonstrates beauty can come in small packages.
Other gardens show that if the ground is difficult to use, add containers for planting and the results can be amazing.
Yet other small gardens show that only simple structures are needed to hold everything in place and rustic is beautiful .
And yet others show that garden art arrives in many different forms
And there is nothing to stop you from creating similar gardens with edible plants.
City Gardens are the smallest of the formal garden categories eligible for judging at Hampton Court.
City Gardens display methods urban spaces can be imaginatively transformed into green and pleasant places, even when space is at a premium.
The two gardens discussed below were awarded Silver Guilt.
All photographs for the City Gardens are courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society.
First New Horizons, designed by Beautiful Borders Garden Design.
This garden was designed with a downsizing ‘young’ retired couple in mind and looks to give them space in which to relax and enjoy a peaceful glass of wine.
The planting is definitely focused on summer colour (purples and orange again) with minimum maintenance in mind, using drought resistant plants.
I think this easily looked after jumble of purples and oranges is great.
The second is The Drought Garden which also won the Best City Garden.
Designed by Steve Dimmock, this bright and sunny city garden provides a people refuge from city life.
Centered around a simple seating area, the garden also includes water management for flood and drought through dry stream beds and carefully selected tough planting which will also attract and nurture wildlife.