For patriotic Ulf Nordfjell, regardless of the place on this planet he’s working, the Stockholm-based panorama designer at all times conveys a robust flavour of Sweden in his gardens. With a robust choice for pure supplies, he makes use of a mixture of Swedish granite, metal and timber to convey his landscapes to life.
Ulf’s ardour for his craft is clear, “Gardens are to be celebrated as some of the complicated types of tradition as they unify structure, nature and artwork.”
Successful Finest in Present on the RHS Chelsea Backyard Present in 2009, on simply his second strive on the prestigious occasion, Ulf’s design was elegant and understated. Placing a Scandinavian twist on an English cottage backyard, he loved utilizing crops which can be not possible to develop in Sweden’s harsh winters equivalent to delicate pink Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’ and bearded irises.
Unmistakeably Scandinavian in design, Ulf used geometric traces to type a tapestry of easy interlocking shapes and clear traces to create a spectacular backyard room. Ulf used a “two –layered planting” system whereby blocks of 1 signature plant dominate a grouping and are proven off by the others round it. “I don’t need them in a crowd – the crops are the celebs within the backyard”.
The tapestry can also be divided into very particular ecological environments: dry and sizzling within the entrance, moist within the center and shady on the again. In Sweden, the place the local weather is much less forgiving, gardeners can not get away with pushing the boundaries when putting crops within the backyard: “proper plant, proper place” needs to be adopted to the letter.
Though Ulf follows this precept impeccably, he by no means lets it limit his design. On this award successful design, he companions Campanula rotundifolia with Antennaria dioica, a fragile wildflower that grows alongside the roadside all throughout Sweden, whereas moisture-loving arum lilies Zantedeschia aethiopica are below planted with the Swedish wetland grass Carex rostrata, one among Ulf’s favourites.
Clearly deserving of this accolade amongst many others, we share Ulf’s ardour for designing with crops on the forefront. He’s actually a favorite that we’re thrilled to share.
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