Key design elements
1 It is not only the plants that suit the local environment in
James’s gardens. Often he chooses materials and structures that also relate to the landscape, such as this stone shelter for the seating area on his 2016 Chelsea garden for L’Occitane.
2 A palette of low, hummocky, drought-tolerant plants line
the paths in this garden built on a rocky scree slope in the south of France. The paths themselves use irregular paving slabs to create a natural-looking route through the planting.
3 James has used euphorbias and other drought-tolerant
plants for this gravel garden in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France. Rusted sculptural iron bars complement their colours and create a wave-like pattern that mirrors the winding path.
4 Different grasses, including Carex appressa var. virgata,
add movement and texture as well as a feeling of calm to many of James’s gardens. In this garden in Antibes, he has also used several Australian shrubs, such as grevilleas and melaleucas.