This is an exciting yet challenging project on a hill in the South of France. The large garden is beautifully planted and well-manicured, hence lies the challenge. Some of the planting however were overgrown and blocking the stunning views towards the pool and the hills far beyond. The client wanted to open up the view around the terrace and at the same time create a space to allow 20 people to dine comfortably while seated.
In another part of the garden, the terrain was sloping and unproductive and needed a re-think. Garden Couture re-designed the borders around the terrace. The overgrown Plumbago had to go along with a dwarf fan palm which was not recovering from root rot. Myrtle Communis Tarentina was planted to form a low hedge. Gaura, Perovskia, Rosa ‘Iceberg’, Erigerons along with Rosmarinus prostrates were also added to the borders. A pergola on the terrace level is being added to provide additional seating.
As for the sloping terrain, this was replaced by a terraced orchard with a variety of fruit trees such as figs, peaches, apples, pears, plums, cherries, pomegranate, jujube, loquat, quince as well as a selection of citrus trees and two cactus trees (Opunita ficus-indica) which are grown for their edible fruits. Additional planting will be added in due course.
While the first phase of this project has been successful, Garden Couture is looking at the completion of the second phase of this project with great excitement.