By Geoffrey K. Coombs
You see an excellent backyard on television, on the Chelsea flower convey, or at your neighbours' condo, yet how do you move approximately recreating it on your personal again backyard? In Ann-Marie Powell's Plans for Small Gardens, the Chelsea gold medal winner lists out all of the gardening materials, in addition explaining how you can really create and preserve your backyard. it is a publication that begins from scratch to permit even gardening beginners to construct their excellent patch. decide on your recipe – shady, courtyard, family members, or suitable for eating; gather your constituents – turf, slabs, boxes and vegetation; and stick with the straightforward strategy to placed the backyard jointly. exact planting and development plans, color images and a convenient useful part behind the ebook make sure you have all of the assets you wish, whereas year-by-year upkeep publications make sure that your backyard will proceed to flourish for years yet to come.
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In the front, adult area, limited colour-coded accessories give a strong architectural look. Huge planters, with a smooth metallic finish, house large olive trees. These have a bold and dominating presence, accentuated by the toning shades in the paving stone and the texture of the woven, architectural furniture – all of which complete the sophisticated look of this garden. Reminiscent of Japanese moss gardens, the oversized joints between the paving in the enclosed side alley of this property allow plenty of space for Soleirolia soleirolii to take hold and green up the shady space.
OLIVE TREES The drawing room overlooks the front garden, so some large focal plants were required to give the garden impact and drama. Any plants chosen had to stand out against the green foliage of the bamboo around three sides of the garden. As we had already chosen rosemary to add scent and impact, we decided upon three huge, silvery olive trees to contribute to the Mediterranean flavour. Planted into three oversize pots measuring 70 × 70 × 70cm (27½ × 27½ × 27½in), there is no denying that the three Olea europaea were heavy and difficult to plant – definitely a case of more hands making light work.
But what is often considered a negative can become a positive. An interesting shape can result in a stimulating, striking space to spend time in – as long as it has been carefully considered in advance and a good design solution has been implemented. In this L-shaped plot two gardens in one have been created. The first is a contemporary space that blurs the interior/exterior divide, extending the living space, from kitchen-diner to terrace, into an outdoor room. As the owner is a chef, the second space is a kitchen/ vegetable garden, or potager, which, although out of view, has key landscaping features linking the spaces together.