This design presents an interesting two-dimensional layout. The garden is elevated one metre above the level of the house and pool and is divided into two distinct zones: an existing lawn area and a pathway area to be designed with gravel.
To naturally separate the two zones, Pittosporum tobira nana has been chosen, known for its rounded shape and minimal pruning requirements. These shrubs create a pleasant visual separation between the lawn and gravel pathway.
The gravel pathway widens in the centre to provide a space for enjoyment. It connects to the lawn area from two different points and spans the entire garden, ending on the other side.
Along the pathway, a series of planters are created to offer height perspectives, ensuring that the foreground plants do not obstruct the background ones. Smaller shrubs are placed naturally in the front, while larger ones are positioned towards the back. Additionally, small wildflower plants are strategically placed along sections of the pathway, without obstructing the shrubs in the flower beds.
In the centre of the garden, there is a small lake flanked by Pittosporum on both sides. To create a more humid environment in this area, Agapanthus plants have been selected, resembling aquatic plants.
The chosen plants for the design are hardy and provide a variety of colours and blooms. They include green-toned plants like rosemary, euryops, and pittosporum, gray-toned plants such as teucrium, eremophila, and santolina, and red-toned plants like gaura.
Two medium-sized trees are planned for the centre of the garden, providing shade in both the morning and afternoon. These trees are semi-evergreen, so they won’t provide much shade in winter but will offer a gentle shade in summer.
Furthermore, an almond tree is considered for a corner of the garden. This tree can be kept under control, adds a Mallorcan touch to the design, and blooms earlier than spring.
In the relaxation area, a panoramic view of the garden from the centre is sought. A sandglass-shaped design has been created, tapering towards the centre. This way, when people sit in this area, the heights and directions of the plants gradually decrease, providing a maximum view of the whole garden.
This garden design in Mallorca aims to create a natural environment with height perspectives and a variety of colours. Shade areas are created with the inclusion of Jacarandas, and the two garden zones (lawn and pathway) are visually separated by a Pittosporum hedge.