Mediterranean contemporary planting

COUNTRY GARDEN

Llucmajor, Mallorca

THE BRIEF

This garden of 7000 m2 was very much of a blank canvas. The client, a family with two young children, asked for a Mediterranean garden to their renovated house. They were also keen to have a stone wall around the swimming pool and asked for more shade to this sun-drenched garden. 

 

The garden was dated and included an uninviting lawn area, lots of overgrown ivy, scattered shrubs and trees. The stamped concrete around the house was an eyesore and made the garden look unattractive.

The build of the garden has been done in sections. The first phase, built in May 2022, was concentrated to the front of the house including a gravel garden, tree planting, fruit orchard, stone wall, herbaceous borders, hedging and hardscape. 

Johanna is a joy to work with. She is transparent with her costs and has spent a lot of her own time keeping an eye on things while we are away. We love her designs! She has transformed our outside space into something we are really proud of and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future. 

Richard and Kirsty G, client 
Ornamental grass stipa tenuissima

THE DESIGN​
 

The old lawn at the front of the house was replaced by Mediterranean, long flowering perennials and sweeping ornamental grass. The client had a smaller orchard which we extended with more fruit varieties.

 

A gravel garden with a jasmine dressed pergola was filled with wildlife-friendly shrubs such as lavender, teucrium and westringia. Hardscaped areas were softened by rosemary edging. 

 

The old beautiful wild olives (Olea europea var. sylvestris), carob trees, almond and olive trees were pruned to enhance their shape. New Mediterranean trees and hedges were planted adding structure and shade to the garden. 

 

An overgrown hedge was taken out and replaced with an L-shaped stone wall made of locally sourced stone. The stone wall makes it possible to view and enjoy the beautiful orchard from the front terrace as well as providing informal seating area by the pool. 

 

A sea of blue and white agapanthus was planted under the palm trees flanking the driveway leading up to the house.