Find Pocket Planting inspiration in every sense

The Sensory Pocket Planting category at RHS Hampton Court offers an exciting opportunity for designers to showcase their creativity, inspire visitors and earn a prestigious RHS medal

University of Gloucestershire: A feeling most fowl

Designed by Cornelia Gower

Playing with the concept of perception, the flowering perennials and grasses in this kidney-shaped planting pocket have similar sensory colours and textures to represent the plumage and habitat of a moorhen.

Aphrodite’s Garden

Designed by MHLK Collective: Julia Hill, Sophie Knittel, Saskia Little, Lois Moxon-Holt
Sponsored by Shell on Earth and Arbour Landscape Solutions

A romantic scheme of drought-tolerant plants takes a subtle, playful approach to imagine the garden of Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and fertility. 

Re-wild and Embrace Yourself (Again)

Designed by Fiorella Pierini 
Sponsor: Farmer Gracy


The designer invites visitors to look deep into the layers of greenery where, between leaves and stems, they catch a glimpse of their own reflection immersed in nature – at home, where we all belong.

RHS Alternative Perspective

Designed by Sarah Stiell for University Hospital Lewisham Wellbeing Garden
Sponsor: RHS Community Outreach & Development Froglife: Leaping Forward for Dementia project

Olfactory and tactile senses come to the fore in this inclusive planting design, inspired by the desire to make a garden that can be enjoyed by someone with visual impairment. 

A Feast for the Senses

Designed by Three Leaves: Deborah Anderson, Lauren Munton & John Tolman

This pocket bed takes the senses on a trip through the colour spectrum, from cool, calming blues and purples to rich, passionate reds and vibrant oranges.

Shapes of Blue

Designed by Camilla Flint

This planting scheme is a response to Henri Matisse’s paper cut-out, Cacophony Blue Nude II, in which the artist evokes the shape of a woman’s body in a single-colour palette of blue.

Touching the Senses Garden

Designed by Jodie Chan

The designer has constructed large sculptural spheres using more than 1,000 colourful hardy succulents, inviting visitors to touch and explore. 

Nature’s Captivating Cacophony

Designed by Isabel Devaney

Sound isn’t always the first thing we notice in a flower garden, but stop for a moment, close your eyes, and listen. The plants in this pocket garden create sound through movement and by attracting wildlife.


Designed by Xenia Moseley

Designed to attract children, adults and insects, and reflect the powerful, multi-sensory ways in which nature can envelop us, Firedance is a feast of warm colours and tactile perennials.

The Wilton London Botanical Fragrance Garden

Designed by Penelope Hill Smith
Sponsored by Wilton London

Celebrating the joy that nature can bring to everyday household chores, this planting area is inspired by the botanical ingredients and essential oils used in the sponsor’s eco-friendly cleaning products.

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