With the Rio Olympics now under way, the internet is buzzing with tips on how to tap into that Rio vibe here at home, during a less than sunny English summer.
So far we’ve seen vibrantly coloured fashions (including a range of women’s underwear from Marks & Spencer), tropical-themed homewares and endless recipes for Brazilian cocktails and party food. Even our gardens are being subjected to a Rio-style makeover, with landscape design experts recommending that we swap begonias and Busy LIzzies for flamboyant ferns and exotic succulents.
But how can you capture that Rio feeling if your outdoor space is limited? If you live in a mews property (as so many of our clients do) you may be wondering how to make the most of a small area. We found this excellent article with planting suggestions by landscape design practice Tom Stuart-Smith. Get inspired by the ideas here and you’ll soon be enjoying a cachaça cocktail with the neighbours, seated beneath your very own banana palm!
This enclosed back garden uses tree ferns to create a dramatic year-round effect ... The idea of the place is that even within a relatively small space there can be a liberating sense of other worldliness about the garden experience.