Gallery-Southport-2010
HPS North West Group
Southport Summer Show 19-22 August 2010

Gold Medal for 'Coastal Collage'

The inspiration for our display has come from the landscape of our North-West coast and the cultivated and indigenous flora that tolerates harsh conditions of wind, salt-laden air, and low rainfall. To emphasise a perception of depth (and space) in our display we have structured it diagonally, creating distinctive planting areas. Using a neutral backdrop, we show examples of taller plants, e.g. heleniums, Verbena bonariensis, that can be grown within a protective windbreak. Also included are airy grasses, e.g. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’. These plants contrast with the variety of forms and textures of small and ground-hugging plants suitable for low-level planting in shingle, gravel, and free-draining sandy soil, e.g Eryngium ‘Little Hobbit’ and various sedums. Key architectural plants, e.g. Phormium and Yucca, act as focal points along the line of the diagonally-placed, partly-submerged timber spars. The dramatic quality of light on the coast has been reflected in our choice of colours: the silver/blues of eryngiums, santolinas, artemisias and anaphalis, reflecting sky and sea; and the golden browns and yellows of heleniums, crocosmias, and anthemis that reflect the colour of sand and gravel. Amongst these are the strong colours and tonal shades of the many hardy herbaceous plants that will grow in the often free-draining soil found around the North-West coast. Sustainability has been built into our design with the use of recycled wood, pebbles and stones for hard landscaping, and the use of drought-tolerant plants. However, mulching with pine needles, pebbles, etc, has been used to illustrate how moisture in soil can be retained.


Audrey Dawson
Publicity Sec
North West Group
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