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Hampton Court 2021

The show garden featured a drought-tolerant perennial planting interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. It was designed to showcase plants that are suited to the prolonged hot and dry conditions that have become increasingly commonplace each year.

The herbaceous plants were grown in the UK by Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity and social enterprise offering training and work experience for vulnerable people with learning disabilities.

The garden was designed with sustainability as a priority. Its simplicity and minimal hard landscaping, as well as the re-use and recycling of most of the elements within it ensured that nothing went to waste.

After the show, the plants were relocated to RHS Garden Wisley to be used in the replanting of the bicentenary glasshouse garden, which Tom originally designed in 2007.

Plant List

Achillea 'Credo'
Agastache 'Blackadder'
Allium sphaerocephalon
Atriplex halimus
Bupleurum ranunculoides
Catananche caerulea
Cenolophium denudatum
Cynara cardunculus
Dianthus carthusianorum
Digitalis lutea
Echinacea pallida
Eryngium yuccifolium
Eryngium zabelii 'Big Blue'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Geranium 'Brookside '
Geranium 'Havana Blues'
Geranium psilostemon
Geranium sanguineum 'Elsbeth'
Gillenia trifoliata
Helianthus salicifolius
Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget'
Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'
Liatris pycnostachya
Macleaya 'Spetchley Ruby'
Monarda bradburiana
Monarda fistulosa
Nepeta 'Summer Magic'
Melianthus major
Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'
Perovskia 'Blue Spire'
Salvia 'Dear Anja'
Salvia turkestanica
Salvia 'Amethyst'
Scabiosa columbaria
Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Thalictrum 'Splendide'
Verbena officinalis 'Bampton'

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
Festuca glauca
Melica ciliata
Stipa calamagrostis

Trees and shrubs:
Elaeagnus angustifolia
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
Ficus carica
Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'
Hippophae rhamnoides
Phillyrea angustifolia
Pistacia lentiscus
Tetraclinis articulata