Tex­ture and form

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Travel -

Bernard’s fo­cus is on tex­ture and form in his plant­ing schemes. Here the taller shrub Ar­bu­tus unedo ( 1) is com­bined with spread­ing ground­cover Arc­tostaphy­los den­si­flora ‘Emer­ald Car­pet’ ( 2), spiky Agave at­ten­u­ata ( 3), the grass Muh­len­ber­gia pubescens ( 4) and a back­drop of Ros­mar­i­nus of­fic­i­nalis ‘Tus­can Blue’ ( 5). He builds up con­trast­ing shapes in lay­ers to cre­ate in­ter­est and draw vis­i­tors through the gar­den. “It is all about tex­ture and form, and fo­liage shape, colour and sea­sonal in­ter­est,” he says. “I do think about flower com­bi­na­tions, but that is very much sec­ond tier – flower colour comes af­ter­wards for me.”

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