An update to the Olympic legacy garden I designed for St James’s church, Piccadilly on behalf of Olympic sponsors UPS. UPS’s Olympic guests will have been arriving from around the world since Friday, so early last week I visited the garden to make sure it was looking in tip-top condition for them to enjoy their pre and post games drinks.
The garden is looking incredibly lush with all the rain we’ve had this summer and the perennials have filled in the borders very nicely. Although I didn’t design a particularly flowery garden here, due to the dry shade conditions, I did put a few things in that I hoped would shine for the games, such as Angelica gigas and Anemone honorine jobert. Both these were budding expectantly last week so should look quite spectacular about now.
The garden is surrounded by buildings and has a number of huge, beautiful, but shady and water sucking, London Plane trees which give a wonderful secluded feel to the space, but make a challenging place for ornamental planting. Luckily a number of plants do well in this situation and, as can be seen in these pictures, are thriving very well.