Californian garden design

CALIFORNIAN
Garden

BY PAUL HERVEY-BROOKES

In creating the Californian garden, I wanted to evoke the style and energy of the great sun kissed gardens of the 1970's in America.

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Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

PAUL HERVEY-BROOKES

THE
CONCEPT

Gardens rich in green textural planting with year round durability and simple yet striking designing details which draw on both nature and modern materials for inspiration. Entertaining on wide terraces are a cornerstone of the Californian way of life.

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STONEWOOD SLEEPERS

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Planting

Rich green foliage luscious in portion are key inspirations to the planting scheme and give the garden a rich urban yet slightly exotic feel.

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Accessories

Californian style would not be complete without a BBQ, either go for the traditional American kettle drum or a fire pit for dual purposes.

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Countrystone walling

With a rough dressed surface and random laying options, Countrystone walling will inject a rustic feel into your garden.

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WATCH
THE VIDEO

Paul explains where his inspiration came from and what you need to do to achieve the same look in your very own garden area.

PAVING

The mid-century Californian garden is glamorous in style. Family or friend entertaining is frequently enjoyed so rich textures and bold lines are a must for paved areas. I have chosen Natural Sandstone for the large patio areas as it offers just that. This uniquely stylish sandstone paving with its distinctive grooved pattern lends a light, ultra modern look to the garden design.

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SMOOTH NATURAL SANDSTONE

With its superb colour and veining variations, Smooth Natural Sandstone is a stunning and beautifully distinctive paving solution.

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X Stonewood Sleepers

STONEWOOD SLEEPERS

Beautifully realistic, our Stonewood log sleepers are the perfect option when wanting to create distinctive border or retaining edge.

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X Countrystone walling

Countrystone walling

With a rough dressed surface and random laying options, Countrystone walling will inject a rustic feel into your garden.

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PLANTS &
ACCESSORIES

Rich green foliage luscious in portion are key inspirations to the planting scheme and give the garden a rich urban yet slightly exotic feel. Loose informal planting, natural curves and made structures are a signature of this garden. Try to use a good mixture of heights to ensure you create a luscious green feel so reflective of mid-century California.

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Garden shrubs

Shrubs

A rich range of evergreen shrubs with masses of summer flowers or texture provide a sense of permanence. Bold clumps will better replicate the verdant feel of a Californian garden.

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Herbaceous and grasses

Herbaceous and grasses

A rich range of evergreen shrubs with masses of summer flowers or texture provide a sense of permanence. Bold clumps will better replicate the verdant feel of a Californian garden.

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Garden accessories

Accessories

To really create the warmth and vibrance of the Californian style chose bold wooden furniture which is painted in fresh colours and mix with tin tea lights, large square cushions and accessories which hint at an outdoor comfortable lifestyle.

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