South Bank

South Bank

I love it when I find an area that you wouldn’t expect to have been planted up, but is. This walkway at the South Bank Centre could be forgiven for just being a link to one part of a concrete building to another, but care has been taken to line it with lots of tough little plants such as thrift.

The walkway leads from the Hayward Gallery to the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden, which is looking better than ever this year – the wildflower meadows are currently at their peak and the raised beds are already full to bursting with herbs, salad and beans. If the weather ever improves, it’s the best place to hang out in London.

Beside the sea… in London

South Bank

At the moment the South Bank is home to¬† a ‘Summer of Fun’ festival – isn’t that a nice proposition? There’s a British seaside theme with stripey beach huts, a giant seagull, funfair and so on.

And… there’s a garden. A Great Day Out-On-Sea is a horticultural tour of the seafront at Southend-on-Sea, from its formal Victorian gardens to the cockling industry at Leigh-on-Sea. The part you can see here is the Victorian park planting bit, with lots of colourful and sub-tropical plants. It somehow looks completely at home in the concrete jungle.