Sunny Walled Garden
This lovely town house in a seaside town was being completely renovated when I was asked to help design the garden. There had been an enormous pittosporum and a holly tree and not much else other than some brambles in this garden.
The clients wanted to be able to potter in the garden but didn't want the garden to require too much maintenance. The garden has high walls surrounding it and it benefits from being south facing so becomes a real sun trap.
Underneath much of the overgrown area though were some gorgeous old flagstones and enough of them that we could use them in the new design. Immediately outside the back of the house is a large patio area for outside seating and then down a couple of steps that spanned the width of the garden the paving stones were laid to create irregular shaped beds on either side.
Even in a south facing garden there is a bed that gets slightly less sun than the others. Big lush hostas thrive in these beds. The addition of hanging pots on the walls add to the warm, sunny, Mediterranean feel of the garden.