The garden was designed as a space where people can come together and enjoy community life but also as a place where local wildlife can flourish. Adam describes it as an urban community garden that shows us how green space can be successfully incorporated into our towns and cities. It certainly has a very modern feel to it.
There is plenty of inspiration and clever design ideas in the garden that you can incorporate into your own plot. We love the way Adam has broken the space into clearly defined water, lawn and planting zones. He has also included a long boarded path that winds through the centre of the space - a great way to really draw you into the garden. The crowning glory is the eye-catching, cedar-clad pavilion which is perfect for summer entertaining. It even has a wild-flower lawn on the roof with its very own beehive.
We love planting that helps to encourage wildlife into our gardens and Adam has cleverly chosen simple, fragrant plants for the garden such as geraniums, irises and foxgloves that allow insects to flourish. These sit alongside the dome-like Taxus balls, which not only look striking but provide nesting space for insects and birds. Even our trees are wildlife-friendly: Katsura trees have a lovely, sugary fragrance that smells like candy floss - a firm favourite with bees.
If you like rich, earthy colours then our Chelsea garden is just right for you. Adam has mixed colours that range from deep crimson to burnt orange along with the lush green foliage of tree ferns and hedging.
His modern planting palette is the inspiration behind our new Chelsea Collection - a range of plants and seeds hand-picked by our team of plants specialists that allow you to take home your own bit of Chelsea. All of the plants in the collection are available to buy now, both online and in most stores.
Plants used in the 'Urban Retreat' garden
Below are some of our favourite plants that were used in the garden, with descriptions detailing what they can offer your garden and where you should plant them.
1. Dicksonia antarctica (Australian Tree Fern)
Excellent for tropical, architectural or city gardens. Typically evergreen, it can offer a wild, jungle feel to your borders or be comfortably planted in patio pots and containers. Grows up to 4m in height and with leaves as long as 3m.
Plant it… In an area that is either partly sunny or fully shady; it will grow best in soil that is moist but well drained.
2. Hosta (Plantain Lily)
Commonly referred to as the Plantain lily, this herbaceous perennial has lush, green leaves and highly fragrant, white flowers in summer. It’s well suited to informal cottage gardens when planted in borders or makes a striking statement in city gardens. Tends to grow up to a metre in height and width.
Plant it… In a partly shady area or under shrubbery.
3. Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)
Informally named the Siberian Iris, this deciduous perennial boasts delicate soft blue flowers and slender green foliage. Perfect for cottage, costal, and informal courtyard gardens, it flourishes in beds and borders and typically grows to 1.2m in height and 0.5m in width.
Plant it… In full sun or partly shady areas, in soil sandy clay or chalky soil that is moist but well drained.
A very big thank you
Homebase is very grateful to everyone who helped to create The Homebase Garden: Urban Retreat, including: