Joe Swift created a beautiful space for his Chelsea garden where wood and wood tones take center stage. The structures are beautifully finished modern arches of layered cedar wood — (which I would love to know how well they would weather in a real garden)… and the remaining stonework is interesting as well. The garden features large boulders that have been horizontally sliced to enhance their natural texture and increase their interest. (I might have to give this a try sometime as this is a really interesting feature if you ask me)
A diagonal layout helps to make the long narrow space that chelsea gardens tend to occupy seem bigger while also changing the sightlines through the garden and breaking up the space into separate areas.
The plants here are meant to be suitable for a dry garden and in shades of orange yellow and burgundy….my personal favorite is the Verbascum ‘Petra’.
But the most interesting thing about this project is the overwhelmingly fast build. Check out this link to see how the construction went in in just 4 days!