"Turn a barren wasteland poisoned by dog urine and trampled to death by two Great Danes into a tropical paradise in seven days ..."
This was the brief to transform an unused area of the garden created from spoil from the excavation of a swimming pool. The whole area required extensive rotivation and soil improvement to provide suitable conditions for planting tropical style shrubs and trees, evergreen grasses, and ground cover perennials. The planting design is structural and year round interest is achieved by combining complementary foliage textures and using a minimal colour palette. Boulders and rockery stones were used to create illusions of dry riverbeds to break up the planting whilst an impressive gazelle sculpture peaks out from amongst the tall tree ferns.