A marvelous vast multi-levelled area, landscaped around a swimming pool and a fountain, celebrating the sight and sound of water, patios with dappled shade from aromatic plants and trees, flowering in turn for all twelve months of the year.
Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano mixed in with ornamental plants, bring you a sense of calmness and relaxation, with their smell.
There are five Olive trees (Olea Europaea), averaging from 150 years and older, which are strategically planted in order to bring the essence of the Mediterranean garden to life.
The focal point of the entire landscaping design is one of those five olive trees, which is planted in the center of the garden, next to the pool.
That particular olive tree is estimated to be near 500 years old and it is the heart of the garden.
To complement the garden with additional Mediterranean beauty, there are around twenty-five tall Pinus Pinea, each nearing 15 years of age. Due to their maturity all have developed a thick and tall trunk and have assumed a picturesque umbrella-like foliage shape.
There are many edible fruit tree species that exude a Mediterranean vibe. A carefully crafted orchard area with a composition of citrus trees, (lemon, orange, mandarin) and fruit trees (pomegranate, peach, apricots) is available at the lower level of the plot.
To contribute to the garden’s appeal, a topiary concept was incorporated into the landscaping design. Using Ficus Bonsai, a very versatile, evergreen tree that adds height and drama, near the spa area and fountain, provides an attractive green backdrop all year round.
To create a perfect privacy from the surroundings, there are numerous Cypress Leylandii, a fast-growing coniferous evergreen and in combination with pine trees, planted perimetrically of the plot, are primarily used as hedges and screens.
Further inside the grounds, there are various ornamental plants with vibrant flowers, such as Jacaranda mimosifolia with its beautiful and long-lasting blue flower, flame tree for the bright red bell-shaped flowers that often cover the whole tree when it is leafless, delonix regia for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.
Taking into account the architectural framework and geometrical building lines and in a close collaboration with the architect, a carefully maintained, green grass, was planted, around the swimming pool and patio areas, which creates an openness for evening stargazing and parties.
Where large stepping stones are connecting the hard pathways and the grass, cobbles and pebbles are an intriguing detail to the whole design.
Two sections of the building, over the spa area and over the southern new parking, were converted to green roofs. They serve several purposes, providing insulation, decreasing stress of the people around the roof by providing a more aesthetically pleasing landscape, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect.
The entire garden is sustained by water drilling, which automatically irrigates everything, from trees, to plants, to grass.