“A good garden cannot be made by someone who does not know and love growing things,” says Spanish landscape designer Miguel Urquijo, “we just try to replicate the forms, shapes, mood and manners of nature.” We’re embarrassed to admit that we didn’t know of Miguel until he presented at this year’s Australian Landscape Conference. Realising his raw passion and recognising a similar design ethos, we were automatically drawn to this inspirational designer.
Based in Madrid, Miguel is one half of the dynamic duo Urquijo-Kastner, a landscape design studio he set up with his wife and fellow designer, Renate Kastner. Together they have taken Spain by storm, specialising in private garden design across the country. Their personal involvement in projects has resulted in a detailed and meticulous work methodology, where each part of the process is treated as a craft.
With many incredible projects to their name, choosing a favourite was a challenge. Eventually ‘Garden at a windmill’ in Madrid reigned victorious, thanks to its vibrancy and vastness.
Set in a stunning landscape, amongst the Madrid mountain range, this garden was adapted to the natural surrounds and acidic soil. Urquijo and Kastner chose to plant a few carefully selected species to complement the typical trees in the area – using Birches that also contrast with the dark green foliage of the Yew hedge, clipped into organic forms. The duo used a planting of perennials that mix China pinks, heathers, lilies for a real pop of colour and interest, and Stachys byzantina (Lambs Ears) with their velvety silver grey leaves for their softening blending qualities.
We’re sure you’ll be just as impressed with their work as we are.
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