Drought to inspire Chelsea design

Garden featuring plants that can survive in dry conditions among those unveiled at RHS preview.

Plants that can survive drought will be the theme of one of the gardens at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

At the RHS Chelsea 2012 preview event last week, designer Nick Dexter unveiled his plans for a drought-themed garden on behalf of Southern Water, which will be entered into the new Fresh Garden category.

The garden will feature a pool that releases water via a sluice gate when full, and will include Achillea, Allium, Aster, Calamintha and Euphorbia.

The landscape contractor has been confirmed as Antony Ashbee Landscapes, but the plant supplier is yet to be decided.

Dexter said at the preview event at the RHS London Plant & Design Show at Lindley Hall in London: "The plants will be nothing too exotic, but easily sourced in the UK. It's a small garden so it won't be overcomplicated with too many plants."

Plans for a garden on the theme of caravanning were also unveiled at the event. The design by Jo Thompson for The Caravan Club will feature irises, roses and Anthriscus Sylvestris 'Ravenswing', as well as a caravan originally from the Isle of Wight.

The plant suppliers for Thompson's garden will be Roger Platts and Iris of Sissinghurst and the landscape contractor David Dodd of The Outdoor Room. The garden will also feature Betula albosinensis 'Fascination' trees supplied by Hillier.

Meanwhile, former tennis coach Tony Smith will design a garden called Green With ... on behalf of artificial grass supplier Easigrass.

The theme of the garden will be envy and it will feature white tulips and Bacopa supplied by Burston Nurseries, alongside ferns supplied by Woodcote Green Nurseries. Landscape contractors are Easigrass and Hortus Infinitus.

Key Stat

The number of times the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital since 1913 - 99 shows.

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