The Entertaining Garden


The brief called for screening from overlooking buildings, a large patio, a further dining area, a sunbathing area and a garden room. Lighting was important as the garden to be used for entertaining in the evening.

A clean, contemporary look was achieved with porcelain paving, and raised beds planted with olives, lavender and grasses. There are black bamboos flanking the outdoor fireplace and in front of the white wall, adding texture, movement and screening. A large pergola adds privacy and is painted to match the large garden room. Horizontal trellis is an attractive backdrop to a mixture of evergreen and flowering shrubs, with plenty of ground cover perennials and spring bulbs.

Lighting is used to highlight the eating and seating areas, and adds drama to the planting when viewed from the house.

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