Saint Jean de Luz is a tourist commune on the Atlantic coast of France with a magnificent view of the Pyrenees. An old Basque-style villa needed a subtly landscaped surrounding and, at the request of the owner, also a sustainable note. The plantings therfore flirt with wild vegetation and the forms of the beds are organic and, as such, adapt to the playful terrain.
Species and varieties of plants have been selected based on their ability to withstand drought and wind, are of long term interest, long-lived and cover the soil well. An important role among the plants is given to evergreen species, and the species which look nice even in the dried state, therefore providing an interesting winter appearance.
Most plants are therefore native to the coast and the Pyrenees, or at least visually imitate them. Diverse texture of the planting design gives it a nice look even in those short periods when nothing blossoms. Repetition of a small number of species planted in blocks creates a sense of unity and harmony.