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Urban Oasis
Gardeners World Live 2023

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Inviting, beautiful, relaxing

Working with the Wildlife Trust, I wanted to show that you can not only have a beautiful garden that's a joy to go home to, but where you can actively support wildlife at the same time.

Urban Oasis was based on a small, 5m x 5m, space that you might find with a terraced urban home. It included a range of wildlife supporting features including water, varied planting offering food and shelter, access for small mammals (hedgehogs), insect habitats and the star of the show - sculptural bee-hotel posts; all achieved on a small budget, with lots of reclaimed materials.

We were delighted to receive a Silver-merit award, and to engage with nearly 100,000 people who visited BBC Gardeners World Live; as well as appearing on Gardeners World television. 

The garden is now on permanent display at Wildlife Trust Parkridge, for all to enjoy.

Best comment:

'Your garden is giving me goose-bumps...',  

Wondering what 'that' plant was? 
Here's everything I planted in the Urban Oasis wildlife friendly garden

Acanthus mollis

Anemone sylvatica

Angelica archangelica 

Angelica gigas

Briza media

Campanula glomerata

Campanula poscharskyana 

Carex coman's ‘Bronze Form’

Carex remota

Ceratophyllum demersum 

Clethra alnifolia ‘Paniculata’

Digitalis 'Lucas White'

Digitalis purpurea Excelsior Group

Digitalis purpurea ‘Dalmation mixed’ AGM

Dryopteris atrata

Dryopteris erythrosora  

Euyonymus atalatas ‘Compactus’ AGM

Geranium × johnsonii 'Johnson's Blue'

Geranium phaeum ‘Album’

Geranium pratense 'Storm Cloud'

Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’ AGM

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ AGM

Gillenia trifoliata AGM

Glyceria maxima 

Hebe rakaiensis AGM

Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ PBR AGM

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ AGM

Hosta ‘Lakeside Lollipop’ 

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’

Hosta ‘Waterslide’

Hydrangea anomala subsp. Petiolaris AGM

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ AGM

Hydrocharis morsus-ranae

Iris louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’  

Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’ AGM

Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' AGM

Luzula nivea

Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’

Lysimachia clethroides AGM

Magnolia stellata ‘Water Lily’

Marsilea quadrifolia ​

Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'

Mentha aquatica 

Penstemon heterophyllus 'Electric Blue'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' PBR AGM

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain’

Polygonatum giganteum

Polystichum setiferum

Ranunculus flammula 

Sesleria ‘Greenlee’s Hybrid’

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' PBR AGM

Species-rich lawn turf (Wildflower Turf)  

Stachys sylvatica

Tellima grandiflora

Thalictrum 'Nimbus White' AGM

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavendelturm’

Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’ AGM

Viola riviniana  

Weigela florida ‘Alexandra' (Wine & Roses)

The chairs and table were from: EcoFurn

The blue rain-cups were from: Haywards Garden Sculpture 

Gardeners World TV - Episode 13, June 23 


Beautiful, practical gardens for all,

Designed for you in my studio, Bursledon, Hampshire.

Coastal, country, town gardens -for real life.

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07796 177797

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