Welcome to the North Audley Street Garden!

Award winning landscape designer , Alexandra Noble, winner of the RHS People’s Choice Award for the Health and Wellbeing Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, is now bringing her magic to Mayfair.

She’s been designing a series of planters throughout North Audley Street, filled with beautiful blooms which are climate resilient and great for  pollinators like butterflies, providing them with pollen and nectar throughout the seasons.  Experience how green our garden grows when you visit North Audley Street this summer.

 

North Audley Street Garden

Alexandra Noble

Alexandra Noble is an award winning garden designer specialising in the creation of outstanding gardens and landscapes. Most recently she has won RHS People’s Choice Award for the Health and Wellbeing Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018. Her gardens have featured on BBC 2 and Gardener’s World as well as in the Telegraph, British Vogue, Evening Standard, Metro, ELLE Decoration and Enki Magazine alongside numerous other publications and blogs.

Find out more about Alexandra

Q & A

What inspired you to choose the plants for the North Audley Street Garden?

The plants for the North Audley Street Greening were selected for their tolerance to drought once established. With the advance of climate change, gardening in tandem with drought will become more widespread and utilising plants such as these helps to lessen our water usage.

Many of the plants chosen have a long flowering season such as Sedum ‘Herbstfreude, Salvia ‘Caradonna’  and Erigeron karvinskianus. Evergreen interest is provided via inclusion of plants such as Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’, Santolina rosmarinfolia and Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessop’s Upright’

The majority of the plant selection also supports pollinators such as butterflies, moths, bees and hoverflies by providing them with pollen and nectar throughout the seasons. Pollinator populations are in decline worldwide due to loss of feeding and nesting habitats as well as excessive use of pesticides and changes in climatic patterns, therefore it is imperative our green spaces and gardens contain pollinator-friendly planting

The planters have been finished with gravel mulch which helps the soil to retain moisture and also has the added benefit of reducing weed growth

What is the importance of green spaces in central London?

Green spaces throughout the city are essential for the health and wellbeing of the capital’s residents, workers and visitors. During the pandemic, we have seen how parks and green spaces are especially vital to those with no access to outdoor space at home. Introducing nature into high density urban spaces improves our connection to the natural world whilst providing cleaner air, urban cooling and habitat for wildlife

What are your favourite aspects of your job?

I really enjoy the day-to-day variety the job entails from visits to nurseries to days spent designing a new project planting scheme or sketching garden layouts. Each project is a creative and collaborative process with other industry professionals such as landscape contractors, gardeners, architects, interior designers and plant/tree nurseries.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to do something similar?

I would advise working for a period at either a landscape architecture or landscape design practice. The experience spent on live projects from concept to completion and opportunity to familiarise yourself with CAD and rendering software will be invaluable

I also found the RHS Level 2 Horticulture qualification very helpful for gaining a further understanding of areas such as soil science, plant health, propagation and plant classification

Flower Power

Can you spot each of these species in our North Audley Street Garden?

Achillea 'Lilac Beauty'

Achillea 'Lilac Beauty'

Achillea 'Moonshine'

Achillea 'Moonshine'

Achillea 'Terracotta'

Achillea 'Terracotta'

Allium 'Red Mohican'

Allium 'Red Mohican'

Allium sphaerocephalon

Allium sphaerocephalon

Anemanthele lessoniana

Artemisia ludoviciana

Artemisia ludoviciana

Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Briza media

Briza media 'Limouzi'

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Centranthus ruber 'Albus'

Centranthus ruber 'Albus'

Cynara cardunculus

Cynara cardunculus

Dianthus carthusianorum

Dianthus carthusianorum

Eremurus stenophyllus

Eremurus stenophyllus

Erigeron karvinskianus

Erigeron karvinskianus

Eryngium ebracteatum var. poterioides

Eryngium ebracteatum var. poterioides

Festuca glauca

Festuca glauca

Foeniculum vulgare

Foeniculum vulgare

Foeniculum 'Purpureum'

Foeniculum 'Purpureum'

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Kniphofia 'Bee's Lemon'

Kniphofia 'Little Maid'

Kniphofia 'Little Maid'

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

Origanum 'Rosenkuppel'

Perovskia antripl. 'Blue Spire'

Perovskia antripl. 'Blue Spire'

Phlomis russeliana

Phlomis russeliana

Rosmarinus 'Miss Jessop's Upright'

Rosmarinus 'Miss Jessop's Upright'

Salvia 'Amethyst'

Salvia 'Amethyst'

Salvia 'Caradonna'

Santolina rosmarinifolia

Santolina rosmarinifolia

Sedum 'Herbstfreude'

Sedum 'Herbstfreude'

Sesleria autumnalis

Sesleria autumnalis

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

Stipa calamagrostis

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Verbascum olympicum

Verbascum olympicum

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Crataegus coccinea

Crataegus coccinea

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Osmanthus heterophyllus

Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri'

Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri'