A project in Provence

A project in Provence
Originally created in 2007, the garden was given instant impact thanks to the use of mature specimen trees and shrubs. However, the massive irrigation system installed at the time was programmed to come on for two minutes every day since, gradually resulting in a badly waterlogged lawn, diseased fruit tees and shrubs, and the loss of many mediterranean plants. Most worrying was the very poor health of the two magnificent olive trees in the lawn.

The garden ‘before’ :
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence


The grass has now been removed from around the olive trees and replaced with a free-draining gravel border. New drought-tolerant plants were installed last autumn (2014) to give all-year form and texture as well as a succession of flower colour through spring and summer when the owners are most often in residence. The plants supplied are deliberately small but with deep root systems to aid establishment.
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence


Borders near the entrance have been simply planted with a variety of evergreens to give a cool contrast to the hot, sunny gravel border.
A project in Provence
A project in Provence


And old, broken concrete planters in the shady parking area have been replaced with elegant, dark brown terracotta containers from Benocci in Italy (supplied by Catriona McLean).
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
With the kind agreement of the owners, more photos will be added as the planting matures and further areas of the garden are taken in hand.

Spring update: the dry border in April 2015
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence
A project in Provence

 

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