The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is proud to announce all four of the Low Cost, High Impact gardens have won medals at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, taking place this week.
Mid Century Modern, designed by Adele Ford and Susan Wilmott and built by Outdoor Creations won Best in Category and Gold for their 1950's inspired garden. The design featured shapes, patterns and colours from advertising of the time. It had a large central feature with hanging furniture and bold, large leaves and structural plants to compliment the bold, bright design of the garden.
A Room with a View, designed by Mike Harvey and built by Arun Landscapes also won a prestigious Gold. Built on a budget on £15,000, the garden design consisted of a secluded, raised seating area with a view. It comprised of muted tones of weathered oak and rusty 'curtain' combining with the greens, browns, whites and greys of the planting.
Fresh from Moscow Flower Show, Surrey Gardens added another medal to their belt by winning Silver for Bugs in Boots. The garden was inspired by the work undertaken by the RHS Plants for Pollinators project and provided an ecological space for insects, birds and other wildlife. It is designed to flood in heavy rainfall, allowing water to slowly permeate into the soil as opposed to passing water on to other attenuated water systems.
Silver also went to In at the Deep End designed by Monty Richardson and built by Living Gardens. Created on a budget of £7,000, the focal point of the garden was a floating patio seating area and steps surrounded by bog style borders with beautiful planting and a paddle stone water feature. The garden highlighted solutions to the drainage issues experienced in many gardens.
HTA Director General, Carol Paris said: "It is pleasing to see APL members get such high recognition in the Low Cost, High Impact category again this year. We hope the gardens inspire the public's imagination and with the warm weather now upon us, there is no reason why people's gardens cannot still look great this summer."
The Low Cost, High Impact category, now in its second year is a joint initiative between the RHS and APL and aims to provide visitors with ideas for achievable and believable gardens with a wow factor, based on a fixed budget for hard landscaping, plant material and labour. This year a total of four gardens were selected to showcase what can be achieved for £7,000, £13,000 and £15,000 (x2).
It is backed up with Landscaping Live, a brand new feature from the APL and a first at RHS Hampton Court Palace Show. Against the backdrop of a typical urban home, members of the APL will be doing a number of public demonstrations throughout each day which will include how to lay turf, how to build decking and how to plant a trees and shrubs successfully.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is taking place from 9 - 13th July.