The masterplan for this 7-acre garden in Spain, near Toledo, was implemented over a few months with a precise brief to celebrate the beautiful landscape surrounding it.
The Mediterranean climate, with its dry summers and very cold winters, meant that the choice of plants was limited. As a base to my planting schemes, I was inspired by the local flora in the neighbouring hills and added roses, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees suited to that soil and climate. Water played a great part in the design for its sound and reflections and I designed a cascade inspired by the gardens at the Villa Lante in Italy, but with a modern touch.
Other areas of the design included extensive retaining walls of local stone surrounding the house, a new drive and formal entrance forecourt, a series of interconnected colour-themed gardens and a stepped cascade lined with olive trees and a pool. Outside the main garden, more naturalistic planting--as well as extensive tree planting--merge into the wider landscape.