Alluring outdoor room garden for RHS Chelsea

Award winning garden design duo Kate Savill-Tague and Tamara Bridge will be creating an unashamedly opulent, enigmatic and deliciously alluring outdoor room at the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Amaffi Garden‘, in the Urban Garden category, is sponsored by the Amaffi Perfume House and in the design Kate and Tamara will be paying homage to the craftmanship of a perfumer. The garden will contain a selection of carefully curated, richly scented plants including lily of the valley, Rosa ‘William Shakespeare’ and Trachleospurnum jasminoides.

A canopy of two striking Zelkova serrata trees will provide dappled shade over a sunken seating area while a tapestry of underplanting will add opulence, with jewel-like colours including the regal purples of Salvias Amethyst and Cardonna and the rich magentas of Rosa ‘Darcy Bussell’.

Planting also includes Lupinus ‘Masterpiece’ and Paeonia ‘Peter Brand’ with contrasting flashes of coral and burnt orange provided by Geum ‘Coral Tempest’ and Rosa ‘Warm Welcome’.

The outdoor room is inspired by Art Deco design and luxury interiors and will be enclosed with dramatic, teal panelling which provides a sophisticated backdrop for the vivid ‘soft furnishing’ of the verdant planting. The walls feature a gently cascading water feature, the sound of which melts away any noise from the city beyond.

Extravagant accents of gold feature throughout the landscaping materials between the stone paving and framing the wall panels. A bespoke, illuminated, gilded sculpture, emerges from the planting to provide a shimmering focal point.
Kate and Tamara are working with multi Gold Medal winning landscaper Mark Gregory and his Landform Team for the construction of the garden.

Speaking about the Garden Kate and Tamara said: “We are so excited to be working with Amaffi Perfume House and such an incredible team, on creating this evocative Urban Garden space.

We were fascinated to learn from Amaffi how perfume is crafted using unique combinations of natural ingredients. We are keen to show how, even in a restricted garden space, it is possible to create a truly sumptuous and romantic outdoor room, which engenders a feeling calm and wellbeing with its own unique and intense fragrance, which evolves with your mood and from dawn to dusk.”

Kate and Tamara met as fellow finalists in the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition and went on to form a partnership, joining forces to work on projects that combine their skills. Collaborative projects have included the Jo Whiley Scent Garden at RHS Chelsea in 2017 and The Warner Edwards Garden at RHS Chelsea in 2018. Recently, they took part in Channel 5’s Great Gardening Challenge.

The 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from the 19th to the 23rd May, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Tickets and information from

Picture credits: Garden illustration (banner) credit Helen Thomas
Photo of Katie and Tamara credit: JMA Photography 

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