Although wildflowers are adored in the garden by bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, they don’t usually wrest center stage away from the more traditionally formal plantings at the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London–much less win a gold medal.
But garden designer Sarah Price, who is also co-designer of London’s Olympic Park, created a ravishingly pretty meadow at the show this year, using her fine art background to compose the colors, textures, and shapes of her plants into a tangible design. There are groups among her wildflowers and there are individuals, but they never become a mob. She created an immaculate coming together, but away from the Chelsea spotlight this garden would be happy to let its hair down.
Sarah uses plants which we would expect to find in English hedgerows but not necessarily at the biggest gardening event of the year. Plantain, should you wish to introduce it into your garden, and red clover can be obtained as seed from Suffolk Herbs for £1 and £1.10 per packet respectively. Refined cow parsley and other umbels can be found at Special Plants near Bath for £2 per packet.
Price has drawn on memories of holidays on Dartmoor in Devon and in the Black Mountains in Wales. “I want to distill some of that atmosphere of being ‘in the moment’ with nature,” she told The Daily Telegraph.