We’re Lusting After This Feel Good Wildlife Friendly Outdoor Living Space That Instantly Puts Us in a Summery Mood
This tranquil garden was designed by Will Williams (willwilliamsgardendesign. com) for last year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. The garden’s concept came from the idea of ‘lagom’, which is a Scandinavian idea that means ‘not too much, not too little, perfectly balanced’. “We achieved this by saying not too much for us, and not too little for nature,” explains Will. “Although it was designed for a young professional couple who love to garden, relax and entertain during the summer months, bringing wildlife into the area was a key feature.”
SPACE FOR NATURE
The main focal point of the plot was a roofed garden room, with steel-framed, Crittall-style windows. “The structure was something that I had wanted to see come to life for a while,” says Will. “When sitting in there, the feeling of enclosure and privacy was perfect.” The feature walls throughout the garden house built-in bird boxes.
Natural stone boulders create breaks through the planting, and one houses a shallow natural bird bath. “This ran with our theme, ensuring that every space had an element for nature,” says Will. “I always try to incorporate homes for wildlife within my designs.”
The star of the planting is foxglove ‘Foxlight Ruby Glow’, with tall spikes in gloriously summery peach and raspberry tones. “Creating colour in your garden will attract wildlife,” says Will. “Plants such as nicotiana will not only encourage pollinators throughout the day but also at night. These smell beautiful, too, so put them around a seating area to enjoy their scent throughout the summer months.” This relaxing garden shows that, even in a relatively small plot, you can happily share your outside space with nature.