It was noted that the colours used and the different recycled materials which were incorporated into the design were excellent, as was the condition of the garden.
Spirales demonstrated a good use of colour using mainly annual plants combined with some effective foliage planting resulting in a good use of a limited garden space.
Hoskins Place told a moving story of the Great War in two stages which took the visitor to a calm and contemplative garden area with appropriately peaceful planting and restful colours.
This demonstrated innovative use of colour of the containers in combination with the planting creating an eye catching feature on the roadside verge
The criteria used to assess the front gardens that were provided as the finalists are as follows :
* Colours reflecting the theme of Peace – looking for harmony colours especially including whites, pinks and pale blues.
* Horticultural Excellence – Plant combinations, variety of plants used, form and textures and quality of plants
* Design – Suitability of design for available space, impact and initial impression
* Environmentally & Pollinator friendly – Use of Recycled materials and selection of pollinator planting
* Garden condition – garden maintenance and tidiness
There were 5 points available for each of the above meaning a total score of 25 was available. (The scores were based on the current RHS judging criteria ie 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Satisfactory and 1 = Poor).
The scores for the finalist gardens were very close – only 5 points separated the top and bottom scores