M&G Garden 2015

Designer

Jo Thompson

Accolades

Silver Medal Winner

The 2015 M&G Garden, designed by award-winning garden designer, Jo Thompson, represented a quintessentially British restorative retreat where visitors were able to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Winning an RHS Silver Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, the design drew on Jo’s local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where she lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond owing to her childhood in Dorset. Water-loving plants, a woodland of river birches, acacias and acers, and a garden with tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams, with a touch of orange brought colour to the card.

Working with an all-female gardening team, Jo ensured ‘The M&G Garden 2015 – The Retreat’ was a showcase of how British garden design has evolved yet retains many features that have stood the test of time.

Jo Thompson, garden designer, said: “I wanted to create a special garden for M&G that is a retreat, yet follows the principles of traditional British gardening: local materials such as oak and limestone surrounded by typical cottage planting with more than a hint of the woodland.”

Hear Jo’s inspiration behind the garden:

Take our video tour of the garden with Jo Thompson.

Plant list

Ferns
Asplenium scolopendrium
Asplenium trichomanes
Matteuccia struthiopteris

Perennials
Amsonia tabernamontana
Alchemilla mollis
Aquilegia alpina
Aquilegia ‘William Guinness’
Artemisia absinthium
‘Lambrook Silver’
Astrantia ‘Roma’
Centranthus album
Chaerophyllum hirsutum
‘Roseum’
Epimedium
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Erigeron karvinskianus
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Digitalis purpurea ‘Sutton’s
Apricot’
Erodium variabale ‘Bishop’s
Form’
Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir
White’
Geranium sanguineum album
Geranium X oxonianum
‘Claridge Druce’
Geranium phaeum
Geranium phaeum ‘Walkure’
Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’
Geranium sanguineum
‘Max Frei’
Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’
Hesperis matronalis
var. ‘albiflora’
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’
Lysimachia atropurpurea
‘Beaujolais’
Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’
Phlox divaricata subsp.
laphamii ‘Chattahoochee’
Rehmannia elata
Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’
Saxifraga ‘Southside seedling’
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus ‘Silver Posi’
Thalictrum ‘Elin’
Verbascum ‘Cotswold Beauty’
Parahebe ‘Porlock’
Artemisia abrotanum
Nectaroscordum siculum
Primula japonica
‘Miller’s Crimson’
Semiaquilegia elcaracata

Annuals
Ridolfia segetum
Daucus carota ‘Dara’
Gypsophila ‘Covent Garden’

Peonies
Peony Canary Brilliants

Roses
Chianti
Louise Odier
Tuscany Superb
Nuits de Young
Reine des Violettes

Trees and shrubs
Betula nigra
Alnus incana
Alnus cordata
Styrax japonica
Westringia fruticosa
Acer aconitifolium
Acer palmatum
Acer osakasuki
Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’
Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’
Cornus kousa
Myrtus communis
Wisteria

Pond
Gratiola officinalis
Juncus effusus
Mazus reptans ‘Alba’
Scirpus lacustris
Carex grayi
Eriophorum angustifolium
Geum rivale
Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Terry’s Pink’
Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘White Robin’
Myosotis scorpiodes
Oenanthe javanica ‘Flamingo’
Rorippa nastrutium-aquaticum
Houttuynia cordata ‘Plena’
Mentha cervina
Potentilla palustris
Saururus cernuus
Iris ensata ‘Rose Queen’
Iris laevigata ‘Variegata’
Sagittaria latifolia
Carex muskingumensis
Cyperus longus
Marsilea quadrifolia
Nymphaea ‘White Sultan’