Chelsea Flower Show

BENEATH A MEXICAN SKY

Beneath a Mexican Sky was my first Chelsea Flower Show garden inspired by the work of talented Mexican architect Luis Barragan.

A generous courtyard is turned into a modern, luxurious outdoor space with clean linear lines. Barragan’s signature colour washed walls in clementine, coral and cappuccino provide dramatic back drops to the planting scheme. Zinc micro-cement steps floating across a large aquamarine pool often seen in Barragan’s work. His obsession with horses represented through a copper wire sculpture by Rupert Till.

The garden applied a new thought process, using drought tolerant plants that merge Mediterranean style with country cottage planting. The garden is designed around two natural, mature multi-stem trees that provide structure in the garden. Agaves provide rhythm and softer drought tolerant herbaceous planting breathes beauty into the garden. Simple lighting created bold shadows on the walls. Beneath a Mexican Sky gave me the opportunity to bring together two subjects that resonate with me, colour and Mediterranean planting.

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THE INSPIRATION

THE PROCESS

GARDEN BUILD

THE FINAL GARDEN

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