A unique coastal terraced garden designed as an open air entertaining arena

A novel coastal terraced garden designed as an open air entertaining area

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Portofino is a refined and picturesque Mediterranean fishing village in Italy, pinned between the Apennine Mountains and the azure Ligurian Sea. Right here property and land are treasured. This breathtaking coastal garden has been created out of 4 acres of previously inhospitable, mountainside land dealing with in the direction of the ocean, and reworked into a novel pleasure garden.

Demonstrating what wonders might be achieved with sloped yard concepts, the design efficiently combines planting and landscaping with the knowledgeable ideas of fashionable inside design, decoration and lighting.

Learn on to find how.

sun loungers by plunge pool on a terraced hillside mediterranean garden

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Philip Vergeylen, Studio Design Director of luxurious award-winning design studio Paolo Moschino (opens in new tab), had re-designed and refurbished the inside décor of his shopper’s five- bedroomed Portofino village home, however the restricted outside area proved extra restrictive.

So when the uncommon alternative arose to purchase a rugged, steeply-sloping tract of close by mountainside, to develop the outside attain and create a coastal garden, it proved irresistible to the shopper.

He secured the land and Philip was briefed to increase his design abilities past interiors, ‘to create the very best garden within the Mediterranean.’ 

chairs on grass parterre terraced level of mediterranean garden with sea views

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The lure of an expanse of a wild, untouched and overgrown land with unrivalled sea views in such a fascinating location outshone the monumental growth points and restricted website entry. This concerned ‘a pedestrian gate off Portofino’s cobbled Piazzetta, then tunnels 200 meters by rock  to an 1950’s elevator, which lifts you 100 metres upwards, to succeed in the surprising “garden”,’ explains Philip. 

Undaunted, after quite a few website visits and hours poring over topographical maps, he devised a grasp plan for find out how to design a sloping garden.

terraced mediterranean garden overlooking sea with path and steps flanked by cypress trees

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The scheme relied on a sequence of greater than 30 hillside terraces, with stage corridors and floors demonstrating elegant garden landscaping concepts linked by stone staircases carved out of the hillside’s rocky façade. 

‘As an inside designer I work with boundaries and rooms. I approached the garden’s design in the identical method, like an inside mission, a home with no roof,’ Phillip explains. 

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By creating a number of terraces, every with a devoted, particular use, and linked by garden path concepts, an adjunct to the Portofino home advanced. ‘There was already a tiny little “home”, with no bedrooms however nice double side views. I utilized for planning to exchange it with a bijou pleasure palace however, frustratingly, permissions had been declined.’

So, in essence, with many outside eating concepts, ‘the garden is a gallery for magnificent artworks and an open air area for entertaining, 24/7, designed to host lunches and dinners, dance events, sundown drinks, or just for enjoyable by the pool,’ says Phillip.

outdoor dining area on a terrace level of a hillside sea facing garden

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Every garden room is individually tailor-made and match for function but all sit comfortably inside an overarching design. By repeating, reinventing and re-scaling a geometrical, rhombus-based trelliswork design, Philip subliminally knits collectively the parterre gardens and pathways at each stage. 

‘The rhombus design could be very Portofino, it’s a part of the material of the village,’ acknowledges Philip, who transforms the vernacular emblem into a up to date design theme. 

pergola over grass rhombic parterre on terraced garden with mediterranean plants

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On the ‘sundowner’ and eating terraces the repeated rhombus rolls out, wall-to-wall, extra diamond-cut carpet than grass and stone parterre. A parallel all-stone impact is created through the use of contrasting darkish and pale stonework on the terraces in between. 

The aquamarine and jet-black tiles submerged within the plunge pool space concept on a decrease ‘deck’ replicate the identical rhombus design, which is loosely echoed within the garden’s cross-backed, metal-framed loungers and chairs.

pergola covered in climbing plants on grassy terrace level of hillside garden

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The exhausting landscaping is soft-furnished with a profusion of Mediterranean vegetation. A whole bunch of indigenous cypress, olive and lemon timber had been air-lifted and planted in groves between salvaged pines, intrinsic to the character of the Mediterranean garden concepts and these new Italianate gardens. 

pergola covered in climbers on terrace level of a mediterranean garden leading to large stone urn

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Rampant flowering climbers, ivy, jasmine, plumbago, bougainvillea and prostrate rosemary, create dwelling wall coverings, enveloping pergola concepts to create nice shade for eating and smothering lofty metal-work arcades to assist display screen and divide rooms.

marble torso statues set in wall alcoves in mediterranean garden

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At floor stage, mounds and spheres of lavender, pittosporum and Australian rosemary, Westringia, cushion enviably verdant terraces, achieved by rigorous irrigation.

water fountain uplit in a terraced hillside garden with stone walls

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The garden’s decoration revolves across the shopper’s assortment of historic artefacts and curiosities. ‘Grand Tour’ fashion ornamentation features a Roman-pillared pergola; a monumental wall garden fountain created round a seventeenth century Italian urn as a water characteristic concept; an arcade of duplicate Roman marble torsos, and Roman mosaic inlay.  

marble torso sculptures set along wall of terraced mediterranean garden

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Philip’s remaining flourish is outside lighting, to increase the garden’s use from day into night time. ‘In a local weather like Portofino, you need to get most enjoyment out of the garden; accent lighting helps create an actual environment and subtly reveals the garden’s most lovely options.’ This consists of beautiful and atmospheric patio lighting in addition to pool lighting concepts.

pool area and terraces lit at night on a hillside mediterranean sea facing garden

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‘Working in partnership with the shopper, a fearless method to the seemingly not possible has realised an astonishing garden which by no means fails to completely astound and impress first-time guests,’ says. Philip.

Philip’s wealth of inside design shines by, including a novel dimension to an distinctive garden in a unprecedented location.


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