Pick of Hampton Court

The show gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace 2015 are a pick ‘n’ mix of sheer delight. Choosing five favourites has been a tall order but Jean Vernon picks out the ones that really shine out from the crowd.

The Turkish Garden of Paradise
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The Turkish Garden of Paradise: designed by Nilufer Danis from Lotus Design Studio

This garden is simply astounding.  The combination of cool water and pale Turkish-style architecture creates a refreshing feel amid the hot, rich lavish plantings in the surrounding borders. Influenced by the gardens of paradise that originated among the Turkish Emperors, in central Asia in the 10th century, it’s ablaze with colour and intricate planting combinations and portrays Turkish flora, climate, culture and history to perfection. It’s got the WOW factor and is possibly my favourite show garden here.

Just Retirement: A Garden for every Retiree
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Just Retirement: A Garden for every Retiree: designed by Tracy Foster

What I love about this garden is that it is packed full of really great, achievable ideas to take home and recreate in your plot. It’s been designed to provide a haven for wildlife and a haven for its users/owners. Complete with a range of raised beds, comfortable seating and a delightful potting shed and planted with a rich array of mouth watering edibles, fabulous ornamentals and good garden structure.

A Growing Obsession
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A Growing Obsession: designed by Jean Wardrop and Alexandra Stevenson

For the garden romantics, this Victorian English garden is simply a delight. It uses a soft palette of colour and is awash with scented roses and flowers, reflecting the quintessential English fragrance house, Yardley that has co-sponsored the garden.  A formal garden with a soft, elegant planting scheme, it’s perhaps a more aspirational than achievable, but we all need food to fire our dreams.

The Wellbeing of Women Garden
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The Wellbeing of Women Garden: designed by Wendy von Buren, Claire Moreno, Amy Robertson

This is one of the summer gardens and it is perhaps the use of colour here that put this garden high on my list of favourites. It’s a combination of exotic purples and cooler blues, offset with shades of green to create a feminine feel. For a small garden it ticks all the boxes of what a garden space should be providing a beautiful space to rest, relax and indulge. Simply lovely.

Living Landscapes Healing Urban Garden
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Living Landscapes: Healing Urban Garden: designed by Rae Wilkinson

Gardens have a therapeutic role in our lives and this garden encompasses all that is important to enhance its healing power. It’s a green and serene space that sits neatly in an urban setting and could be transported to a small garden space. But it’s the curves and swirls within the design that create the enveloping, encompassing feel of the garden, complete with plants selected for their texture and soothing colours in a palette of silver, blue and maroon.

The Turkish Garden of Paradise
Just Retirement: A Garden for every Retiree
A Growing Obsession
The Wellbeing of Women Garden
Living Landscapes Healing Urban Garden