Waterwise Gardens bark

Rosie Peddle

This two hectare garden in the east Algarve is a wonderful example of letting nature show us the way. While more formal areas around the terrace and swimming pond (designed by Claudia and Udo Schwarzer of Piscinas Biológicas ®) incorporate the beautiful pencil cypress and other trees which were discovered on starting the garden, large tracts are left to spontaneous native vegetation, the only maintenance here being to keep paths and firebreaks open. A “Mediterranean lawn” by the pool is a dazzling tapestry of flowers in the spring, and a relaxing, golden space in the summer. Wildlife abounds and all manner of rarities, from ground orchids to chamaeleons, have been able to thrive as a result of this sensitive management.