The elegant Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace and the surrounding garden are used for private events such as weddings, parties and conferences. The brief included the long border, and an area that needed to provide screening.
The beautiful planting and innovative design aims to make this surprisingly secluded garden, an exclusive ‘must-book’ haven for events. Sculptural purple and green Fagus sylvatica and statuesque Taxus bacatta hedging of various heights make up the lawn planting which has been designed to provide the necessary screening and to create a structural feature and backdrop that can be used for photography and events, it is a space that can walked through and explored by children and adults alike, echoing the clipped hedges from the formal gardens and the infamous maze.
The amazing golden and copper autumn and winter foliage of the beeches, provide a changing seasonal display, whilst retaining the screening as they cling on to the gilt leaves. From inside the Garden Room, guests are enticed out to explore the routes through, where it extends into the beautiful seasonal planting in the wall bed beyond, connecting the two spaces.
The long bed provides a backdrop for year round interest. All about plant choice and seasonal changes, the structure is a rich tapestry of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, each one only qualifying if providing at least two seasons of interest, winter interest or extended flowering periods that span the seasons.
Horticultural appropriateness to site and location is vital so that as little intervention as possible is needed. Consideration has been paid to the importance of fragrance, and a continuous supply of scented flowers are supplied, from V. x bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’ to Daphne x transatlantica Eternal Fragrance ‘Blafra’.
Neutral flower colours of white to pale pink run across the border throughout the seasons, touches of deep reds and purple reference the copper beech in the bed and across to the lawn, and small touches of pale yellow complements.