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Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden

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Sponsored by
Global Stone (Colchester) Ltd
Designed by
Janey Auchincloss (Janey Auchincloss Designs), Paul Hammond (Wincer Kievenaar Architects)
Built by
M R Gentry Landscapes

The Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden demonstrates how careful planting choices can encourage bees into small urban spaces. Within a honeycomb of formal hedging, bold blocks of salvia, agastache and sedum welcome bees already tempted by the red clover lawn. Raised wooden honeycomb planters, a Cercis canadensis tree and a hexagonal pool add height and depth.

In contrast to the vibrant planting, black limestone runs beneath the concentric rings of golden sandstone paving, depicting the current global plight of bees. The garden is set against an imposing dark slate wall backdrop, beautifully engraved with a provocative quotation.

Expert commentary by Chris Young & Phil Clayton, The Garden magazine

A good use of space, with hexagonals and circles and different heights of materials. When you think it’s only a space of something like 4m x 10m, it has a lot of height interest. Plants are used quite traditionally, in groups rather than in drifts. Towards the back there are very tall, hexagonal planters of drought-tolerant plants.

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