The owners were keen on something architectural and striking for the back garden, so succulents and cacti with some feature rocks and different coloured pebble finishes were installed around the pool to give some “wow” factor to the pool terrace. One small area of “lawn” remains but now consists of a soft, fragrant carpet of low-water thymes and other ground covering plants which receives water once or twice a week.
A gentle, more cottage-garden style was employed for the semi-shaded side gardens, on one side with masses of lavender and roses framing the view from a seating area to the back garden, and the other with mainly foliage plants lining a stepping-stone path to the front garden.
In the front borders, Portuguese and Mediterranean climate natives create a soft, but colourful scene which changes through the year and requires little maintenance. These different styles and areas draw one through the garden on a journey and, throughout, there are places to walk through and admire the plants as individuals and together as a whole.
Exotic, Tropical, Architectural, Succulents/Cacti, Naturalistic, rustic, Portuguese native, Mediterranean native, Palms
Ornamental borders, Succulents/cacti, Alternative lawn, bark mulch, stone mulch, gravel mulch, stone paving, rock walls
1-2 per week for alternative lawn, occasional for established plantings
Site analysis, landscape design, planting design, hard landscape installation, soft landscape installation, ongoing management
On Going Maintenance:
Weekly weeding, seasonal pruning