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The Homebase Cornish Memories Garden

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Homebase 'Chelsea Collection'

A show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, such as Tom Hoblyn’s Cornish Memories Garden for Homebase, is more than a demonstration of horticultural design and planting excellence, it is a source of inspiration to all gardeners who view it. This magnificent garden encompasses an array of little garden touches and planting combinations that form the overall naturalistic design. Only a fortunate few can own a Chelsea show garden, but all garden lovers can recreate a bit of Chelsea in their own plot by following the designer’s plant choices.

This has been made even easier as Homebase offers the ‘Chelsea Collection’ – a range of plants inspired by those Tom has included in his Cornish Memories garden. Designed using plants that recall his childhood on the dramatic moors and coastline of Cornwall, Tom has created a planting palette of blush pink, white and silver with blue and purple tints as accent colours. Homebase’s Chelsea Collection allows you to re-create the style of Tom’s informal and evocative garden, no matter how big or small your own space.

The Chelsea Collection features grasses such as Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ and Carex buchananii, herbaceous plants such as Iris sibirica and the foxglove Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Lavender’. Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea and a white Rhododendron bring architectural interest, while blue-tinted Festuca glauca and Hosta ‘Halcyon’ are plants redolent of maritime scenes. The plants are all hardy and have a five-year guarantee.

Bring a corner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show home using plants from the ‘Chelsea Collection’ by Homebase. For more ideas and gardening inspiration see the gardening information on our website.

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Thomas Hoblyn
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The Homebase garden is inspired by Tom Hoblyn’s childhood memories of Cornwall, in particular the majestic Cheesewrings on Bodmin Moor, the rock pools and beach streams of the Cornish coast and the gardens at Trebah and Trewithen.

Incorporating a granite-edged natural swimming pool and a striking circular pavilion with a shadow pool set amongst naturalistic planting, the garden is easy on the eye, organic and natural. The planting style reflects the more informal expanses of Cornish gardens, with tall Pinus sylvestris poking through boulder-like rhododendrons surrounded by grasses and perennials.

Expert commentary by Phil Clayton - Features Editor of The Garden

Stealing the show is large, multi-stemmed Cornus kousa with cream yellow flower bracts. Also effective are compact mounds of Rhododendron yakushimanum used below Scot's pine Pinus sylvestris trees.

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