The M&G Garden will feature a two-storey oak framed building inspired by the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle, a large natural swimming pond edged with water-loving plants, a woodland of river birches, acacias and acers, and a garden with roses and peonies "in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams, with a touch of orange".
Partially covered by trees and lush planting, The M&G Garden design for 2015 draws on Thompson’s local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where she lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond influenced by her childhood in Dorset.
Thompson said: "I wanted to create a special garden for M&G that is a retreat, yet follows the principles of traditional British gardening: local materials such as oak and limestone surrounded by typical cottage planting with more than a hint of the woodland."
M&G marketing director Jacqui Haskins said: "The M&G Garden will mark Jo’s sixth Show garden at RHS Chelsea and we have always been impressed with Jo’s beautiful creations in the past. It is also fantastic to be working with such a well-regarded female designer, along with her all-female gardening team.
"Each year The M&G Garden is an example of how British garden design has developed, but with many recurring trends that have stood the test of time - an approach that reflects M&G Investments’ own company values. We are confident that Jo’s creative design will once again create a show-stopping garden for all to enjoy."
In addition to the all-female gardening team, Thompson will once again work with Roger Platts, a multiple gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea and twice the designer of The M&G Garden in previous years, to source trees, shrubs and flowers.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 19 to 23 May 2015.