Jo Thompson to design for Perennial at Chelsea

Perennial garden
Perennial garden

Perennial is marking turning 175 with a Chelsea Flower Show display by garden designer Jo Thompson.

The Perennial Garden draws inspiration from Perennial’s public access gardens at York Gate in Leeds and Fullers Mill in Suffolk. It represents the charity’s metamorphosis from a pension granting body to a contemporary, personal ‘lifeline’ for all those working in, or retired from, horticulture and their families.
 
Thompson said: "It is an honour to be helping Perennial, in its 175th year, bring its purpose to a wider garden-loving public at Chelsea. I loved my time at Chelsea last year and am so pleased to be back in 2014. 

"I feel a real sense of passion and drive for a charity close to the hearts of professional horticulturists across the UK. I hope the garden I have designed will bring the work of Perennial into sharper focus for gardeners everywhere."
 
Thompson’s design is loosely based on Perennial’s furled arum lily logo.
 
The planting scheme is anchored by yew topiary shapes and silver birch, under-planted with a mixture of ferns, foxgloves and other woodland perennials. The front borders include Verbena bonariensis, Knautia, Ligularia and Helenium cultivars.
 
Thompson is also designing a Fresh garden for London Square.


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