Sam Proctor

Meet the designer of The Water Saving Garden, sponsored by Affinity Water at RHS Chelsea 2024

Sam Proctor

Sam Proctor

Sam trained at the London College of Garden Design, gaining a distinction and has gone on to work with a number of award-winning garden designers and landscape architects over the years, gaining vital experience and knowledge along the way, before launching her own design studio, Chiltern Garden Design  based in the heart of the Chilterns.

See The Water Saving Garden, sponsored by Affinity Water

Sam has been involved in the planting of medal-winning gardens at both RHS Hampton Court and RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Sam is a fully registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.

Sam possesses a keen eye for detail, a wide-ranging plant knowledge and a feel for getting a space just right. Her base is in Amersham and she serves the Chilterns Area, aiming to work as locally as possible to ensure minimal travel miles alongside maximum client satisfaction.
Sam says: “Being involved in the show is a chance to broadcast a really important ecological message about water conservation that’s close to my heart. It’s also a wonderful chance to meet your peers and push your design skills to the limits.”

Sam’s tips to designing a container garden:

  • Be bold - don’t be afraid of using the biggest planters you can find, as they will allow you to grow a complementary range of plants with contrasting foliage and flower shapes.
  • Keep it simple - Make the plants the stars rather than the pots themselves, which play a supporting role. Try to keep them all in a similar colour or tone, so they don’t compete with each other and the planting.
  • Create for the long term - rather than simply planting with annuals which get thrown away at the end of the season, consider using structural plants like shrubs, underplanted with ferns, bulbs and perennials, which will give you years of pleasure and interest, as well as a changing palette through the seasons.

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