ISSUE 27  |  Scandi Summerhouse

Outdoors: Ulf Nordfjell Garden Design

July 05, 2012 11:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

No matter what country he’s working in, Stockholm-based landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell’s gardens convey a strong flavor of Sweden. His recent Chelsea Flower Show garden, which won Best in Show three years ago, relied on such typically Swedish materials as granite, steel, and timber:

Photographs via Crocus, except where noted.


Above: Nordfjell’s designs often feature contemporary buildings in a garden setting.


Above: “My wish is that all who see the garden will become aware of its ecological subtext of using the right plant in the right place,” Nordfjell says.


Above: Swedish granite, combined with a plant palate of blues, whites, and gray.


Above: Image via English Garden.


Above: “Gardens are to be celebrated as one of the most complex forms of culture,” says Nordfjell, “as they unify architecture, nature and art.”