Garden Visit: Bury Court part 2

In the second of our two posts about Bury Court, we look at the garden designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole.

The front garden was a later addition to Bury Court and provides a contrast to the courtyard garden. This garden is designed around a formal grid pattern of rusted steel-edged beds and gravel paths and the garden is planted with swathes of tall grasses mixed with carefully selected flowering perennials to create a dream-like meadow feel.* A contemporary reflective pool and seating area are at its heart.


The linear design of the seating area ties in with the grid pattern of the garden layout. The spaces between the wooden uprights provide framed vistas of the surrounding garden.


The arching stems and golden flowerheads of the grass Stipa gigantea stand out amongst the greenery of the surrounding foliage.


Hakonechloa macra ‘Alboaurea’ cascades over the side of the corten steel edging.


The dark pool reflects the sky and the foliage of the grasses that run alongside.


The masses of rich red bottle brush-like flowers of Sanguisorba officinalis form a silhouette  against the sky.



One of the paths that intersect the garden flanked either side by deep borders filled with different grasses and perennials.


A mass planting of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. The upright stems and form of the grass echo the vertical wooden panels of the building.

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Hard landscaping materials – the best of Chelsea 2012

As can be expected, the quality and finishing of the hard landscaping at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 was of an exceptional standard. Some of the ideas and execution of the hard landscaping materials used were just as strong, and we’ve drawn together a compilation of some great examples that caught our eye.


The rich colour and strong horizontal lines of the overhead beams make a bold statement, as does the floating dining table, both of which featured on The Australian Garden designed by Jason Hodges / Flemings.

The beautiful rich colour of the bold cedar wood frames are the central feature of the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden designed by Joe Swift.

A simple and sleek wood bench on the Celebration of Caravanning Garden designed by Jo Thompson.


The Australian Garden featured leaf sculptures with the rust tones tying in with the warmth of the wooden overhead beams.

Taking the function of a fence this is an imaginative use of corten steel on The World Vision Garden designed by FlemondsWarlandDesign.

Corten Steel is used by Joe Swift here as a water feature on the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden.

A further example of corten steel used as a water feature on The Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price.  The material is used on the edges of the pool and the vertical water cascade.

The focal point of The M&G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon is the energy wave sculpture, crafted from copper rings, that weaves through the garden.


An old stone mill head mounted on the dry stone wall is an impressive and imaginative focal point on the Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West.

Limestone is the natural stone on The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price, with boulders and rough hewn blocks worked through the space.

The Renault Garden designed by James Basson demonstrates that a waste material such as pudding stone can be used to create a garden. Here it is used to form the pillars at the heart of the garden.

Travatine stone from Tivoli was chosen for the hard landscaping elements on The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Thomas Hoblyn. Rough hewn and finely honed finishes were both used in the garden.

A traditional dry stone roof is used on the Trulio building which is the centre-piece of the RBC Blue Water Garden designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett.

The M&G Garden by Andy Sturgeon features natural materials with Purbeck stone being used for the steps leading down to the pool.


Perspex cubes and artwork is central to The QR Code Garden designed by Jade Goto / Green Graphite.

The planters in the Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow Garden designed by Patricia Fox have been manufactured by recycled materials.

Crafted leaves of perspex frost acrylic are used for the sculpture at the heart of The Bradstone Panache Garden designed by Caroline E Butler.

A striking sculpture stands out amongst the fresh gardens at Chelsea.

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The Garden of Tom Stuart Smith

Leading garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith gave the public a rare opportunity to view his own garden by opening it as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

Courtyard Barn Garden

The courtyard garden at the barn was redeveloped in 2007. It uses materials left over from the 2005 Daily Telegraph Chelsea show garden.

The planting consists of grasses and perennials that divide the areas of hard landscaping.

The tanks and wall of corten steel are reminiscent of the old corrugated buildings that once filled this former farmyard.

West Garden

The garden to the west of the barn was once a wheatfield. Since then a framework of hedges has grown to create a series of interlocking spaces.

The spaces are densely planted and the plants are allowed to seed themselves through the garden.

The planting consists of herbaceous perennials and grasses with a colour palette of purples, pinks, blues and whites.

To see more of the work of Tom Stuart Smith visit

An exhibition showcasing the work of Tom Stuart Smith is also being held at the Garden Museum and runs until 29 August 2011. Visit for more details.

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