In this plot located next to the sea and in an uneven area, we find closed and defined spaces for landscaping.
We will try to make the colours stand out in these spaces due to their intensity and contrast: we will give importance to intense green colours, lilacs, blues, yellows and whites.
In this way, the garden will be a contrast of colour lines, especially in summer and spring.
Most of the plants will be of tropical origin and will adapt to the uneven area where the plot is near the sea; all of them characteristics so that there are few frosts in winter times (harmful for the development of plants).
Below, a demonstration photo of the favourable garden adaptation of Arecastrum romanzoffianum and simple-leaved Bougainvillea spectabilis next to the plot where we have made the design.
At the entrance we find a rectangular planter closed by a one metre wall and the wall of the house and with Olea europaea.
In this space we propose to place four Pittosporum tobira ‘nana’ which develop in a globular form of intense green and waxy, transmitting a sensation of rock.
We distributed three groups of bluish-green succulent plants, such as the Agave attenuata.
These plants will contrast with the Agapanthus africanus distributed throughout the planter.
The Agapanthus africanus will come out of the ground like reeds, thus remaining with different greens and heights.
In addition, they will give a blue bloom that will stand out above the one-metre-high wall.
At the bottom we reinforce with existing red Bougainvillea spectabilis and they will extend along that wall to the door, making a new planter.
All these elements will be coexisting in harmony and without taking away the prominence of Olea europaea.
This area is a long and narrow area where there is grass on the ground and the neighbour’s wall that has a Cupressus sempervirens hedge.
We will keep the lawn and improve it by placing an appropriate irrigation system.
On the wall we will place a corten steel edging that will go around the entire lawn area, making a perimeter planter throughout the garden.
In the planter that we created between the corten steel and the wall, we will place some climbers such as the Bougainvillea spectabilis with simple lilac flowers that are stronger than the ones that exist now and we believe that they will be able to develop.
In the lower part, the Agapanthus africanus will develop and will reach the bottom of the garden, giving a sensation of a river.
In this area we will create 4 lines:
● lilac Bougainvillea spectabilis line;
● line of Agapanthus africanus intense green and blue flowering;
● corten steel line – rusty brown;
● lawn line from the ground.
This planter is the largest and where all our design culminates.
It is therefore the one that we will give more importance.
The Agapanthus africanus that we placed in the planters on the sides continue and widen in the central part of it, giving the sensation of a river that flows into the final part.
These Agapanthus africanus have a maximum height of 30 cm; then with the spring and summer flowering they can reach a maximum of 40 or 50 cm, therefore the view of the centre will not be blocked (the most important: the view of the sea).
Accompanying the Agapanthus africanus in a strip of approximately 1 metre, we place the green Strelitzia reginae with orange flowers (bird-of-paradise).
Behind these, occupying more space, we place the yellow Phormium tenax.
These will be like bamboos that will channel the Agapanthus africanus.
The Strelitzia reginae and the Phormium tenax are taller and we will try to make them create a visual funnel effect, giving greater importance to the centre where the view of the sea is prominent.
Accentuating this funnel we will put two Citrus x limon per side which will develop above the Strelitzia reginae and Phormium tenax. These will be placed on the sides so that when they are developed they do not block the view. With the yellow of the Citrus x limon and the green of the leaf, they will harmonise with the Phormium tenax and Agapanthus africanus.
This area can be explained in two parts.
The first one is the corten steel planter that continues along this wall where we continue with the Agapanthus africanus and as a climber we place mini white rose bushes that will give another colour to this wall, thus creating three colour lines: white, green and blue.
Right in the middle of this space we placed the Arecastrum romanzoffianum in a line, transmitting an orderly and tropical form.
The second part is at the bottom of the garden, where we have a loft and an entrance to the building, an area with a lot of shade.
We will unite them just with a corridor of an arid, perhaps mini river stone, which allows you to walk through it barefoot that will go from the terrace, swimming pool to these areas.
We will cover them with the same arid as the path and we will place plants such as Cycas revoluta, Festuca arundinacea, Stipa tenacissima, Aspidistra elatior and the white rose bushes that will be on the fence.
We have thought of doing a small work performance where we will make steps to access the loft; right in the corner of this loft, surrounding the Arecastrum romanzoffianum, we will place Strelitzia reginae.
This will be a special space where we can place some hammocks as a relaxation zone, creating an arid zen environment.
In this plan, we illustrate the earthworks and structural reforms represented by three different colours: yellow, red and orange.
The yellow symbolises the formation of a new planter so that the Bougainvillea spectabilis can reach the end of the building.
The red is thought of as a work performance to make a staircase that goes in line with the house and thus be able to access the relaxation zone.
Orange represents the uneven part. The action in this area will be to fill until reaching the same level in all this space.
The irrigation system plan will have three colours: red, blue and orange.
● red represents the three diffusers;
● blue represents the dripping from the planters in the lawn area;
● orange represents the entrance drip.
We have five solenoid valves, we will have three diffusers with rotating nozzles. This is a nozzle that works well with low flow and thus we solve the problem of installing the solenoid valves with small calibre hoses. There will be three sectors of rotator diffusers which will make the water spread much better throughout the lawn, thus having a better colour.
Then we will put two drip sectors that will be:
● entrance area;
● planter area, lawn area (right, left and back areas).