Gardening is a great way to bring family, friends and neighbours together. In that respect, it has the same impact as social media today. The likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In and YouTube all have the power to connect nations and communities through the sharing of interests and likes. This connotation has been picked up and developed within the Chelsea Garden designed by Landscaper Joe Perkins. His ‘Facebook Garden’ uses water as its main attraction to symbolise the ocean connecting countries together, in the same way that social media manages to bridge the gaps between distance. Social media platforms are arguably the most efficient method of communication used today. However, Joe Perkins’ ‘Facebook Garden’ is a reminder of the importance of being outdoors, and connecting with nature and those around us in a physical form!
We’ve picked out a selection a plants great for coastal areas or gardens which use water as a main feature to help you create your very own connected ‘Facebook Garden':
- Their stunning blooms and upright habit make a great hedge for coastal areas.
- These tall blooms tolerate exposed areas, thriving in full sun.
3) Convolvulus cneorum
- An evergreen, spreading shrub that tolerates sandy soils.
Don’t live near the sea, then don’t worry! Add a calming water feature and coastal themed accessories to your own garden. Not only will this represent being connected by water, it will create a tranquil oasis, adding to that relaxing green space of yours!