Brett Landscaping and Building Products are to have their first show garden at the RHS Tatton Park Show, the north’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, in July.
Designed by garden designer Geoff Whiten, the Real Life by Brett garden features Brett’s concept block paving in the main paved area, which has been laid in overlapping rectangular areas to give the garden its distinctive modern look.
The paving features an exposed layer of quality aggregates to produce a natural and contemporary feel. This sits on a base mix of low-cost concrete which is free from pigments and additives – making it environmentally friendly as well as strong and durable.
It’s also relatively low-cost, since the bottom layer, which isn’t seen, is low cost concrete, with the surface layer the only part to use more expensive, aesthetically pleasing materials. Brett have used the same production process to create the larger, warm terracotta flag stones used in the garden’s seating area and plan to develop the technology so they are using more recycled materials in their products.
Marketing manager Zack Barratt says the company have also thought about the planting in a different way, too. “We’ve also incorporated a selection of fruit, vegetables and herbs to show people how easy it is to ‘grow your own’ without having to manage a large vegetable patch, which can be time consuming. People are increasingly conscious about the food they eat so we hope the Real Life by Brett garden will encourage them to reduce their reliance on imported foods, if only in a small way.”