This garden is the result of a tight collaboration with our client which, over the years, led us to open views and frame others and redefine paths using reclaimed stone flags. The planting scheme we introduced had to be simple, low-maintenance and pick up on the deep-red colour used on the house, typical of the Basque country. Old roses, wisteria and a mix off bee-loving perennials now live in harmony with the decade-old box and hydrangeas macrophylla.
In this garden, we chose warm and textured materials to suit the scale and striking architecture of the house. Imposing rugged blocks of York stone make elegant floating steps to the terraces, geometric yew volumes contrast with masses of flopping hydrangeas while mature trees, chosen for their spring blossoms and vivid autumn colours, lead the eye to the back of the garden. There, a pair of hand-painted walls create a focal point around a polished concrete terrace.