4th RHS Chelsea Flower Show GOLD medal win

Our 'Urban Retreat' Garden, designed by Adam Frost, has helped Homebase achieve 4 consecutive GOLD medals at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Find out more about Adam Frost

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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.

The Homebase'Urban Retreat' Garden 2015
The Homebase'Urban Retreat' Garden 2015
The Homebase'Urban Retreat' Garden 2015
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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.

View the 'Urban Retreat' photo gallery

Read Adam's Chelsea blog

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 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 gardensTends 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.

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Dicksonia antarctica
Hosta 'Royal Standard' photo
Iris Sibirica 'Soft Blue' photo
Iris sibirica

Garden Academy

In 2013 Adam joined forces with Homebase once again to launch The Homebase Garden Academy – a programme designed to help Britain’s next generation of professional gardeners’ kick-start their career. Adam plays a key role in the Academy, teaching them about garden planning and design and helping them towards their RHS Level 1 Award qualification.

Find out more about our Garden Academy


A very big thank you

Homebase is very grateful to everyone who helped to create The Homebase Garden: Urban Retreat, including:

Brett Landscaping & Building Products

Sileby Road

Barrow Upon Soar


Leicestershire, LE12 8LX

Tel: 0845 6080 570


Anwick Forge

62 Main Road



Lincolnshire, NG34 9SU

Tel: 01526 830303



Karcher Uk Ltd

Karcher House

Beaumont Road


Oxfordshire, OX16 1TB

Tel: 01295 752000


Deepdale Trees Ltd

Tithe Farm

Hatley Road



Bedfordshire, SG19 2DX

Tel: 01767 262636



Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Priory Lane Nursery

Freefolk Priors

Whitchurch, RG28 7NJ

Tel: 01256896533


Roger Platt Nurseries

Hartfield Road


Kent, TN8 5NH

Tel: 01732 863318



Lindum Turf

West Grange


York, YO19 6DJ

Tel: 01904 448675


Kelways Plants Ltd

Picts Hill


Somerset, TA10 9EZ

Tel: 01458 250521


Jody Lidgard

Bespoke Outdoor Spaces

37 Briar Road


Norfok, IP20 9HT

Tel: 01379 852356


Dave Rawlings Woodwork

56 Main Street



Rutland, LE15 8PS

Tel: 07742 911113


Knoll International

91 Goswell Road

London, EC1V 7EX

Tel: 0207 2366655


Majestic Trees

Chequers Meadow

Chequers Hill


St. Albans

Hertfordshire, AL3 8ET

Westland Garden Health

14 Granville Industrial Estate

Granville Road


County Tyrone

N.Ireland, BT70 1NJ

Tel: 01480 443789

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