Alan’s upright planting of those Italian cypress trees went a long way to create that lush and dynamic feeling. Plus, there’s the multi-headed, cloud-pruned olive tree that was positioned.
When the tree was added, it suddenly added an air of class and design. Offering different textures to the garden, from the upright columnar habit of the cypress trees, to the low planting of the chamomile lawn, really added something special to this space.
The complexity of the floor levels and structural planting made, what was once a small garden, look much bigger—with lots to offer and look at.
Matched in that, with the table that Frances created using off-cuts of timber, along with the delightful in-built seating area, it struck the balance perfectly between chic garden design and low-key comfort.
For the dogs, of course, sensory planting was key. I put together a little scented herb patch for them to enjoy as it was just at head height; adding in variegated thyme, chives, oregano, rosemary and golden sage for a beautifully-scented experience. Not to mention that it may serve a little perfumed spritz and they wander through the vegetation.
Simple planting like this is really effective and underpins the idea that less is more.