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A reimagined rose garden

Colm Joseph's award-winning garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, The Perennial Lifeline Garden, featured a classical rose garden reimagined through modern planting design as a more naturalistic, sustainable and lower maintenance 'rose meadow'.

Within the rose meadow, freestanding metal screens, stone and topiary columns, and a pair of modern fountains combined to create a contemporary colonnade. Multi-stem trees added their sculptural form, framing views through the space.

Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show modern landscape design
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show ammi majus laser cut steel screen
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show award winning garden design

Within the rose meadow, freestanding metal screens, stone and topiary columns, and a pair of modern fountains combined to create a contemporary colonnade. Multi-stem trees added their sculptural form, framing views through the space.

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Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show ammi majus steel screen
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show rosa glauca contemporary garden screen

Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show meadow rosa open arms
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show limestone cantilevered seat
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show modern water feature Valeriana pyrenaica

Bespoke limestone columns and contemporary laser-cut steel screens combined with topiary columns to form an abstracted colonnade. A modern steel fountain traversed the colonnade to allow visitors to walk underneath the cascading water. The fountain flowed into a rill that circulated through the rose meadow planting, while cantilevered limestone seats provided quiet spots for visitors to relax.

The garden combined crisp, modernist design alongside loose, naturalistic planting
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show cantilevered limestone seat and steel inlay detail
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show carpinus betulus Rosa 'Purple Skyliner'

A modern reimagining of two classical garden design ideas, a colonnade and a rose garden, this design used the principles and materials of classical design that define Sir Roy Strong's The Laskett Gardens. The garden was created as a celebration of the 180th anniversary of horticultural charity, Perennial, and Sir Roy's bequeathment of The Laskett Gardens to Perennial.

Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show silver-gilt medal
Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show - water rill Rosa Open Arms

Colm Joseph Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show Rosa glauca and Papaver Lauren's Grape

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