The options available for the show are enormous, there’s literally hundreds of plants that could be used. So for this blog I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite plants that I have considered using in the Hampton Court ‘Naked Garden’:-
Cyperus Papyrus is a large growing herbaceous perennial plant, native to Africa and Mediterranean countries. It belongs to the sedge group, which is usually found in moist areas such as wetlands and river banks. This is a leafless aquatic plant that can grow 4 to 5 m (13 to 16 ft) high and forms a grass-like clump of triangular green stems that rise up from thick, woody rhizomes.
The Colocasia Escilemta is a tropical plant, grown mainly for its large, showy leaves, which at full growth can reach up to 40cm in length. The leaves are mid-green with darker green stems. It prefers to grow in damp conditions and is best used as a pond or marginal plant.
This is commonly known as ‘rough horsetail’ or ‘scouring rush’ as one of its traditional uses was for polishing and cleaning. This rush is native to North America & Eurasia. Equisetum Hyemale grows ideally in damp areas or on the edge of ponds or lakes.
Rushes commonly appear along river banks and moorlands throughout the United Kingdom. This variety has corkscrew shaped stems that reach 45cm tall. It is a clump forming plant that can be divided in spring and although, it is an unusual, it is a very attractive plant.
This is a bog loving perennial plant, and it grows as a clump forming plant with sword-like leaves. Pontediria Lanceolata produces gorgeous light blue flowers in the summer and can grow to 120cm tall in ideal conditions. This is a plant native to North and South America.