As we have remarked on the Ecospot previously, visiting any horticultural show such as RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court or Tatton Park can leave you feeling quite bereft when you get back to your own patch. The spaces are often so brilliantly conceived, with relatively large budgets, so it could be hard to see how ideas can be translated back to a smaller space. A trick that we have mentioned previously is to not worry about the whole, but instead look at the smaller elements as it is these which can be easily transferred, and there were a few sections which really caught our eye.
The first of these spots were these fantastic pools which featured in the ‘Valley Garden’ by Sophie Walker, at last weeks RHS Hampton Court.
Designed to be of a completely pop up nature, the show garden features two deeply angled above ground water tanks which infer a cut within a landscape, forming a valley, but at a human scale.
The lush, tropical styled planting either side of the water tanks creates a wonderful enclosing feel to the space, but it is the water tanks which we adored.
Deep and black, the tanks provide a thick stillness to the garden, which instead of being oppressive actually reflect the planting which runs down either side.
Using this kind of water feature is actually a great trick to not only bring water, but reflections into your own spaces - ensure the tanks are deep and that they are clad internally with a dark material to get the full effect of the darkness.
And even though these tanks are relatively large, a similar effect can be reproduced on a smaller scale with similar impact if space is of an issue. Allow planting to lean over the surface and position the tank so it will get sun to really get the reflections going, then sit back and enjoy the darkness.
( by claire potter design)