Immerse is a water garden that’s over owing with positive energy! It reflects the work of the charity Perennial, and showcases horticultural expertise at its very nest.
Cherry’s daring design captures a sense of being embraced, protected and nurtured; as well as revitalised and inspired. She and Perennial’s many beneficiaries understand how important support and reinvigoration is in the passage of recovery from a time of difficulty.
The main innovation of this garden is that its recessed seating area is below ground level – with cascading water walls all around. Designed to be southwest facing, flooding with afternoon sun, and sheltered from the wind, this is an intimate and private space in which precious time can be spent soaking up the vitality of the environment.
Landscaping materials have been carefully selected to maximize the effect of the water and its interplay with light. CED Natural Stone’s Ebony Cloud paving was chosen because it creates fantastic contrast when dry versus wet. The beautiful grey-green tone of the stone is transformed by water to dark grey with specks of shimmering quartz.
The hard landscaping creates strong, modern lines; while the unstructured, textured planting adds a comforting softness. Planting on the upper level is grassy, with lots of movement. London plane trees are trained into a parasol and under-planted with woodland shade wildflowers. Moving down the steps, planting in the reservoir below is characterised by an abundance of lush, wide-leafed plants.
Imagined as an intimate seated area – part of a larger garden for a young professional couple – the space offers a retreat with an aura of rejuvenation. Seated down below, enveloped by water, its owner would be transported to another place, free from anxiety.
Tuesday 5 July – Sunday 10 July
10am – 7.30pm
10am – 5.30pm
Hampton Court Palace
For show information and tickets visit rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt
The Garden Team