Our new collection stems from the garden as we explore the work of Arts and Crafts gardener Gertrude Jekyll.
August in a Cornish garden is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy your surroundings.
This month we explored the work of Gertrude Jekyll, an influential gardener of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Gertrude had a creative approach to planting, creating artistic effects with colour drifts that have become synonymous with English country gardens.
Her eye for colour and form remains prominent today, and her style is reflected in the gardens of contemporary Cornish designers like our Modern Creative, Sam Ovens.
We photographed our collection inspired by Gertrude’s gardens at Bonython Estate, on the Lizard Peninsula. Watch the video of our favourite pieces and see our print designers discussing their inspirations.
Our new prints are inspired by the illustrations in Gertrude’s sketchbooks and filled with the rich tones of Cornish blooms.
Sophie Chadwick painted this elegant floral print featuring Alstromeria flowers in hues of pink and burnt orange.
In Gertrude Jekyll’s herbaceous borders she planted swathes of different colours, almost painting with plants. This intricate print, named Painterly Planting, was inspired by the effect of these colour palletes.
Sophie Chadwick created this print to celebrate the ‘English garden’ style of Gertrude’s flower borders. We love the vintage feel of this design which uses different shades of blue to create depth.
Fresh Colour Palette
Our August palette is a celebration of colour, drawing from late Summer flowers in Gertrude’s gardens.
Echinacea heads inspired a warm rich umber red, balanced by cooler shades of Cornflower blue and tones of seagrass.
Mossy green bricked pathways inspired our Creek colour, and the soft shade of dried grasses is set against cool grey blue and a lively grape purple, pulling together the tones of late summer borders.
August Window Displays
This month, Seasalt shops will be bursting with botanical life to celebrate The Artists Garden collection. Fig, hollyhock and hosta plants fill the windows with foliage, surrounding our mannequins in their beautiful late summer styles.