RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2021

Sunnyside were at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 2021.

Not only have we grown 7000 perennial plants for acclaimed landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith’s exhibition garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival,  but we have provided plants to the RHS for their bench planters at the show and have a stand there promoting Sunnyside and what we do with lots of homemade Sunnyside products. We have been really busy making lots of  Sunnyside classics – jams and apple juice plus new. Pop up ‘Hampton Court’ shops are now at our farm shops with some of what we have made.




















As the RHS’s Iconic Horticultural Hero, Tom Stuart-Smith has designed the feature garden as a climate-resilient planting of meadow perennials interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. It includes a loose planting of figs, Pistacia, Phillyrea and the rare Mediterranean conifer Tetraclinis articulata. Together these trees and shrubs form a framework for a colourful mix of flowers and grasses. Every plant included is adapted to hot and fairly dry conditions.



















Hampton Court 2021

The garden features a climate-resilient perennial meadow interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. It has been designed to showcase plants that are suited to the prolonged hot and dry conditions that have become increasingly commonplace each year.

The herbaceous plants included in this drought-tolerant palette have been grown in the UK by Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity and social enterprise offering training and work experience for vulnerable people with learning disabilities.

After the show, the plants will be relocated to RHS Garden Wisley where they will be used in the replanting of the bicentenary glasshouse garden, which Tom originally designed in 2007. This garden is now being adjusted to cope with hotter, drier summers.

Plant List

Achillea ‘Credo’
Agastache ‘Blackadder’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Atriplex halimus
Bupleurum ranunculoides
Catananche caerulea
Cenolophium denudatum
Cynara cardunculus
Dianthus carthusianorum
Digitalis lutea
Echinacea pallida
Eryngium yuccifolium
Eryngium zabelii ‘Big Blue’
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’
Geranium ‘Brookside ‘
Geranium ‘Havana Blues’
Geranium psilostemon
Geranium sanguineum ‘Elsbeth’
Gillenia trifoliata
Helianthus salicifolius
Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’
Kniphofia ‘Mango Popsicle’
Liatris pycnostachya
Macleaya ‘Spetchley Ruby’
Monarda bradburiana
Monarda fistulosa
Nepeta ‘Summer Magic’
Melianthus major
Penstemon digitalis ‘Dark Towers’
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
Salvia ‘Dear Anja’
Salvia turkestanica
Salvia ‘Amethyst’
Scabiosa columbaria
Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’
Thalictrum ‘Splendide’
Verbena officinalis ‘Bampton’

Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Festuca glauca
Melica ciliata
Stipa calamagrostis


“Sunnyside is delighted to have this opportunity to work with Tom Stuart-Smith, Toby and Chris Marchant and the RHS to produce outstanding perennial plants. This project represents a sustainable source of income for our charity, which is needed now more than ever; it offers vital training and employment opportunities for some of most vulnerable young people and adults, with the therapeutic benefits of horticulture. For our customers, not only can you buy high-quality plants but the chance to make a difference to your community in a sustainable and meaningful way.” – KEELY SIDDIQUI-CHARLICK, CEO, SUNNYSIDE RURAL TRUST


” Seeing the difference that Sunnyside Rural Trust makes, it is so obvious to me that every community should have a place like this at its heart, where nurturing people and nurturing a place come together” -TOM STUART-SMITH, Landscape Designer  www.tomstuartsmith.co.uk

“Sunnyside deserves so much applause: Great people, fantastic plants!” – CERI EVANS, The Natural Gardening Company

“We were delighted to see such a good availability list with many of our favourites, and a few new varieties to try. The collection went well, with all plants well cared for and in great condition. Sunnyside are very friendly and helpful, and share our passion for plants. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to ordering again soon.” – SARAH JARMAN, JarmanMurphy

“I ordered a number of perennials for the summer planting at Duke of York Square in Chelsea. I collected a lovely selection of P9 plants, all fully rooted and in excellent condition, which are doing very well in the pots and planters – especially the lovely big pink begonias.” – SARAH SHIRLEY, The London Garden Co.