Perennial Sanctuary Garden

Intriguing spiral paths lead into the centre of this garden as they intersect beds of colourful planting that create appealing plant combinations between grasses and perennials. A central area behind a bamboo screen creates a sense of calm from the turmoil of the world outside

Gardens for a Changing World

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  • The design conveys how Perennial can help clients to gently move from the chaos of their lives to find a personal sanctuary
  • The hoggin spiral paths draw the visitor into the garden. The vibrant outer planting in russet and red slowly changes to ochres and yellows before softening to mauves and blues; all the time the planting heightens to increase the sense of enclosure and protection
  • Bespoke curved benches invite the visitor to rest in the central round patio formed from a mosaic of limestone tiles, and view the shallow basin pool of still water

About the Garden

The spiralling form of The Perennial Sanctuary Garden, with its changing colour palette of plants, symbolically represents the journey that a Perennial client makes as they move, with Perennial’s help, from the chaos of their personal circumstances to safety – finding sanctuary in the storm.

On the outer edge of the spiral, noise and distraction from the surroundings are more apparent. The stimulating red planting enhances this effect and represents the inner chaos that can come from being at crisis point. As the visitor’s journey into the garden begins, the sights and sounds outside the garden become increasingly obscured and distant. The planting becomes taller, more immersive and restful, with simple and calming colours, forms and textures. In the centre of the garden the planting transitions to a single species of towering bamboo, screening the outside world from view.

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