The scheme that’s inspired us this month
Each month we bring you a scheme that intrigues, delights or dazzles us
No longer just a place in which to enjoy the occasional lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon, our gardens, whether a compact patio or an extensive lawn with well-stocked borders, have become an extension of our interiors. And, as with the rooms in our homes, we want our outside space to work in many different ways. Now that summer is here, that means providing an inviting and relaxing setting in which to entertain family and friends.
This design oozes Mediterranean style, with simplicity at its heart. The sunny corner with stone bench seating is instantly transformed into a comfortable dining area with the addition of colourful seat pads and co-ordinating cushions. A nature-themed tablecloth in the same eye-catching hues enlivens the plain table, while accessories in vibrant shades, an informal floral arrangement and a rustic hanging lantern create a welcoming ambience.
Choosing the right planting is key to replicating this relaxed Mediterranean look. Here, ever-popular lavender sits beautifully within the stone surroundings and fills the air with a wonderful scent, while dense foliage conceals an unsightly wall and brings texture and softness to the scheme. If the sunlight becomes too strong, a smart sail shade is a practical and stylish way to ensure you can while away the afternoon in comfort.