The inspiration behind this year's M&G garden...
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon has created a ‘New English’ design for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
M&G Investments returns to Chelsea for its third year to sponsor the garden, which is inspired by the famous English gardens of Sissinghurst and Hidcote Manor. It encapsulates the ‘New English’ style of strong, formal features set within informal cottage-style planting.
‘My own garden designs, although frequently modern, are totally reliant on the fundamental design principles and ethos of this popular movement’; Andy observes.
An energy-wave sculpture makes a dramatic focal point; crafted from copper rings it weaves through the garden, unconstrained. A palette of soft pink, white, yellow and lilac flowers makes an effective contrast.
Three imposing monolithic walls of natural stone make a bold statement in the space, particularly at night when the walls light up. The accompanying soft palette of colours comes from cottage garden plants such as Aquilegia 'Chocolate Soldier', yellow Patrinia villosa and Iris chrysographes Black Form.
Natural materials play a strong structural role in the garden as do thoughtfully-chosen plants. Clipped holly and domed umbels of hog’s fennel direct the eye through the garden while Katsura trees Cercidiphyllum form part of the garden boundary and add height.