One of my pleasures at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool is transforming the garden. Ive spent several thousand pounds over the last 4 years in new plants to create a wonderful garden for my enjoyment and that of the guest of the holiday cottage.
All the planting is done from the view point of the terrace over looking the garden and private pool and from the sun bed area around the pool.
The main theme being to plant sub tropical plants, so while guest are sun bathing or enjoying the pool the setting is wonderful to relax and unwind. One of the perks of keeping the chickens is that the garden population of wild birds has increased so amongst all the plants bird song can be heard throughout the day.
After 4 years Ive finally managed to get my 'Bird of Paradise' plant to flower this year (as seen in the enclosed picture). The trick was to take it indoors between October and April and to keep it pot bound, to the extent the roots have split the pot.