Garden Ideas from my new book
I am just about to publish a new book in My Modern Small Garden Series giving ideas from gardens I have seen around the traps in the last few years.
Modern gardens might be structured but they are not always neat. There is a wonderful trend for masses of colorful, blousy planting creating a feeling of abundance. All that structure only serves to barely contain grasses, flowers, vegetables, fruits and soft chaos. This really is a delightful signature style which is only going to become more significant in years to come. Especially when put together with natural gardens built to attract and nurture wildlife.
Look at this mess of grasses and flowers contained in a raised garden. This is The QEF Garden for Joy, designed by Heather Appleton for the Hampton Court Garden Show 2013.
(Photo David Baldock © Modern Small Garden 2013)
What I love about this garden is that the colour and abundance is actually enhanced with wonderful planting in huge baskets.
The most delightfully wild raw and gorgeous garden for me though is Ordered By Nature by Christopher Gursansky of Gursansky Design. This is a structured garden.
With wild planting providing a secluded place within which to escape. A dream come true.
And even more so are some of the Australian exhibition gardens which focus on using Australian plants in carefully controlled ways.
This simpler garden by Christopher Owen which won Silver at the Australian Garden Show in Sydney in 2014 gives some idea.
And remember this one by Phillip Johnson – it won Best In Show at Chelsea in 2015. Based on using plants around you, this focuses on beautiful flowering Australian natives – this is how a natural garden should look.