Alexandra Noble Design
Gardens and Landscapes

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014

Built by The Outdoor Room | Photography by Gary Rogers.

The Roman Baths are central to Bath's identity as a heritage city founded upon natural hot springs. Within the complex, the Romans devised an innovative under floor heating system now known as a Hypocaust. This involved the floor being raised above the ground by regularly spaced columns so hot air from an adjacent furnace could circulate.  

This design for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show consisted of 9 regularly spaced reflective pools with planting surrounding each. These perfect squares suggested the regularity of the Hypocaust columns and serve as a reminder of the city’s relationship with water. Bounding two edges of the site, the raised walkway allowed one to appreciate the garden from a raised perspective as well as representing the Hypocaust floor as if it had been cut away to reveal the system underneath. 

The concept for the planting is ‘A modern meadow’; the mix of forms and colours is intentionally unusual. Well defined flower heads and shrubs in the foreground contrast against a hazy ‘fluffy’ backdrop evocative of steam rising from the hot spring water.

Plant List:

Aconitum 'Stainless Steel'

Agapanthus campanulatus var. albidus

Allium sphaerocephalon

Anemanthele lessoniana

Dechampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction'

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Euphorbia seguieriana subsp. niciciana

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Phlox paniculata 'Dusterlohe'

Rosmarinus officinalis

Santolina 'Edward Bowles'

Sedum 'Jose Aubergine'

Stipa gigantea

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