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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Gardening Talent -

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.

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