This is the week of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in Kent, England, and I really recommend watching some of the short videos (about 1 -3 minutes) on the RHS’s website that show the designers talking about their gardens’ concepts.
Be sure to check out Dan Lobb talking about his “Landscape Obscured,” which won the Best Conceptual Garden prize.
I also enjoyed looking at the 360° view tour of the WWF garden, “Why we care about chalk streams” by Fiona Stephenson — nice example, I thought, of how to convey a particular landscape type in a small garden space. I liked the use of the spheres to create depth and rhythm in a wildflower planting (they actually represent various amounts of water used in our daily lives).
On the general subject of concept and conceptual gardens, Tim Richardson has written a useful short article, “Is a sense of meaning vital to a good garden?,” in The Telegraph. The video of Bob Sweet, Hampton Court’s Head of Shows Development, talking about why the show includes and encourages conceptual gardens is also very good.
If you still want more, the BBC garden blog has comments on the individual show gardens.
A couple of other items from my afternoon on the web:
This video on Design*Sponge of Jaime Morrison decorating her backyard porch is fun.