Hamptons Mediterranean Backyard – RHS Chelsea 2023


The Hamptons Mediterranean Backyard

The Hamptons Mediterranean Backyard is an intimate, up to date outside dwelling area that encourages sustainable planting and dwelling, leading to a backyard design that promotes connection to nature while offering the proper room to entertain.

Following the success at Chelsea Flower Present in Could 2022, main property agent Hamptons is renewing its partnership with Backyard Membership London, sponsoring a brand new Sanctuary Backyard subsequent 12 months.
First time designer Filippo Dester is drawing inspiration from the Italian landscapes and structure he grew up seeing and from his expertise working as a backyard designer within the UK to design a backyard that mixes each influences.

The sometimes Mediterranean palette of vegetation and heat, pure supplies is utilised to form a peaceable area, filled with texture and smells, which might simply be imagined as half of a bigger backyard within the Tuscan countryside or as an out of doors entertaining space in an city setting within the south of England.
Connection is a central theme of the backyard: a big desk the place household and associates collect to share meals and one another’s firm is a elementary component of the Italian life-style, however as vital is the connection between folks and nature which might be skilled in a effectively designed backyard.

Wealthy in mushy colors and the soothing fragrance of fragrant herbs, the backyard can also be planted with a number of fruit timber and greens which might be foraged by the seasons.

Consideration to sustainability can also be key and was thought of at every stage of the design course of: using energy-expensive and pollutant supplies is minimised with a choice for recycled and sustainable ones, and the applied sciences chosen to construct the backyard make sure that every component might be simply re-used or recycled.

A easy, architectural water characteristic is an instance of how rainwater might be harvested and stored within the backyard in a means that provides a number of advantages: mitigating the affect on the drainage system; offering an aesthetically pleasing characteristic to the backyard which might be loved by folks and wildlife alike; and functioning as a water reservoir for the backyard irrigation when wanted.

This design goals to showcase how a Mediterranean impressed backyard can supply a compelling alternative each for sustainable landscaping and enticing design to the ‘outside rooms’ of the South of England as a lot as those in Italy.


The planting record consists of a big selection of Mediterranean vegetation, most of which hardy and drought-tolerant, showcasing completely different types of planting, together with densely planted decorative borders are dotted by clouds of sub-shrubs typical of the ‘Macchia’, a gravel backyard with sculptural succulents, and productive borders wealthy with edibles, foraging herbs and roots.

Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree)
Citrus spp.
Cupressus sempervirens
Ficus carica (fig)
Juniperus communis ‘Inexperienced Carpet’
Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’
Phillyrea angustifolia
Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’
Punica granatum (pomegranate)
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus
Taxus baccata
Teucrium fruticans
Vitis vinifera (grapes)

Agave americana
Agave attenuata
Agave filifera
Agave marmorata
Agave palmeri
Aloe arborescens
Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera)
Dasylirion longissimus
Sedum spp.

Acanthus spinosus
Allium schoenoprasum (chives)
Armeria maritima ‘Alba’
Artemisia caerulescens subssp gallica
Artemisia ludoviciana (Valerie Finnis)
Artemisia ‘Powis Fortress’
Asphodelus fistulosus
Atiplex halimus
Briza media
Capparis spinosa inermis (capers)
Cerastium tomentosum
Cistus pulverulentus Delilei
Cistus salviifolius Bonifacio
Cistus x argenteus Paper Moon
Cynara scolymus (artichoke)
Deschampia cespitosa
Dorycnium hirsutum
Echium candicans
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Euphorbia myrsinites
Ferula communis glauca
Festuca glauca
Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
Fragaria vesca (strawberry)
Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice)
Iris pallida pallida
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula spp.
Lippia citrodora (lemon verbena)
Lysimachia atropurpurea
Marrubium supinum
Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile)
Melanoselinum deceipiens
Mentha cervine
Mentha spicata
Mentha x piperita citrata ‘Chocolate’
Nepeta Purrsian Blue
Nepeta x faassenii Walkers Low
Origanum majorana
Papaver somniferum ‘Maanzaad’
Phlomis Marina
Phyla nodifloa var canescens
Pimpinella main ‘Rosea’
Rosa glauca
Rosa rugosa white
Salvia microphylla ‘Blue Monrovia’
Salvia greggii ‘Lemon Mild’
Salvia officinalis (sage)
Salvia sclarea ‘Vatican White’
Satureja montana
Satureja thymbra
Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)
Stachys byzantine
Stipa gigantea
Teucrium flavum
Thymus praecox ‘Albiflorus’
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’
Tulbaghia violacea

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