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Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and onionweed or onion-leafed asphodel(Asphodelus fistulosus). After The Fire Garden, designed by James Basson, in support of Cancer Research UK, Best Fresh Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013. "The garden is based on regeneration after forest fires that can devastate acres of woodland, particularly in the South of France. Over time, regeneration creates spectacular new growth within a stark burnt landscape. The basic concept is a charcoal mulch at ground level, with vivid bright green plants (which always grow back first following a fire) creating a sharp contrast. Burnt tree trunks add to the effect. A trodden pathway leads to some natural terracotta boulders that form seats."