RHS COP26 Garden: Balance
Enjoy this beautiful selection of domestic garden settings designed for a warmer climate
In the Balance area visitors found a glorious mixture of plants that might be considered tender in today's climate but may thrive in 50 years.
The area was divided into crescent-shaped sectors that, like the other zones, were centred around the Universal Window Box through different domestic garden collections.
This spinning shape was interrupted by a semi-circular lawn at the front, fringed with longer grass and wild flowers that would attract wildlife.
A series of shrubs provided a backdrop to the Balance garden as a whole.
In front of this, a small selection of tender fruit, vegetables and cut flowers provided inspiration for a future garden that includes asters, figs, pomegranates and an orange tree.
Beyond this area, there is a dense sweep of tender perennials and grasses featuring salvias and asters.
A final area featured ferns, including hart's tongue and painted lady ferns to frame the garden as a whole. This type of planting scheme could become more and more familiar as temperatures rise.
At the front of the quarter lay a closely mown lawn, demonstrating the importance of this feature to British gardening. Any danger of creating a monoculture was mitigated by a ring of longer grass interplanted with native wild flowers.
All the plants in the Balance quarter were deliberately selected to suit an average temperature of 2-3C warmer and with significantly more rainfall than we now experience.