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More lovely plant pictures from Philip Simmonds

Philip has just sent a few more photos from his Chelsea garden:

Below is the wonderful Ligusticum lucidum – a feathery fennel like leaf shape, with Hosta ‘fire and ice’ behind and the lovely grass Luzula nivaea on the right

Below is a similar combination, this time with the delightful Verbascum ‘Merlin’ the dusky pink central plant with Hosta ‘fire and ice’ behind. The taller red stems of the Angelica Archangelica are visible in the background and the floaty white flower of Luzula nivaea again. The Hosta to the front right is Hosta Devon Green, and the slim floaty grass is Festuca amethystina.

Below, against the wonderful colour of Philips’ stunning piece, is Veronica gentianoides on the left, with Luzula nivaea on the right. You can also see a close up of the wonderful sawn stone which tones so beautifully with the ceramics.

Below you can see the tall shapes of the elegant Angelica archangelica, underplanted with Hosta Devon Green, Luzula and Iris sibirica

RHS shows-lifting the veil, date announced

We have now agreed a date of 18th March for our planned event. Billed as a masterclass aimed at designers and landscapers wishing to learn more about RHS shows and/or to share their experiences, we are confident this will be a good forum for networking and learning in an attractive environment.


As well as a wealth of design and contractor expertise to share, our friends at Coblands nursery will be talking about how they can help and support designers in RHS shows, and local nursery Tendercare have offered a walk and talk at their lovely site nearby. We used both of these in our recent show action and are delighted they will be joining us.

Do please email ruth (ruth@coolgardens.co.uk) if you would like to come along. There will be a charge to cover lunch and speaker expenses.

Happy Christmas


RHS Hampton court garden- sneaky preview…

Well we have finally finished- all bar the last cleaning and final primping. Fantastic work by the whole team both in the office and at the show- it looks amazing. Check out the BBC coverage Monday evening as they were filming this morning on the garden.





We have Alex our photographer coming tomorrow so we will get some better photos, and hopefully after the judging tomorrow we will all have a bit more time. If you like the garden do please go and vote for it on the RHS website click here

Looking forward to some sleep at some point- many thanks to all our wonderful suppliers and patient clients.