A very windy garden

This garden has amazing views but has to deal with strong winds gusting up the

 valley from the sea. Blocking the view is not an option and care has to be taken with the roots of certain plants because of the septic tank.The constant winter winds can also cause major problems with the plants, so it is quite a problem.      .  

An early photo of the garden showing the views . As the garden is surrounded by the countryside it was decided to allow the grass edges to grow long with wild flowers and a hammock. 

A selection of bamboos in large tubs to be moved around to create screens and new designs. The bamboos have to be clumped together during the winter to protect them. 

The side of the property also has a selection of Phormiums and bamboos.

Last year quite a few of the older bamboos were divided and planted into smaller tubs creating another eight plants. This year they will be planted into larger tubs.

As the design developed an uninteresting spot viewed from the living room started to develop into a pseudo jungle area with Cannas and false ginger plants added 

Some Phormiums have been planted in the garden and some are in tubs while the design develops.

The beauty of this type of designing is that plants can be added or subtracted or just moved around. At the moment they are still in groups or rather long lines huddled behind some existing trees. The Cannas should be larger this year like the year old bamboos but the remaining large bamboos will be split into two. And the design will probably be completely different.     

The flower of the False Ginger Plant almost 18" long.