A new Cool Garden, designed by Jo, opened to visitors at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon in July 2019. The new garden centres on the use of water and features plants with blue, white and pastel coloured flowers complemented by grey foliage, providing a calming contrast to the fiery colours of the nearby Hot Garden.

 

Faced with some of the highest recorded annual rainfall in the UK, Jo wanted to harness the abundance of water, by channelling it to a particular part of the site, to create a bog garden. This is a good example of how garden designers need to embrace the conditions they have to work with and turn a potential problem into a focal point.