Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path. Combined with the cool purple colors of the plantings, which are softly warmed up by the reddish-brown tones of the terracota containers, gravel and wall, they create a very elegant, airy and casual scenery with a touch of formality. This fascinating, low maintenance and water wise courtyard has been designed by Zeterre Landscape Architecture.

The main ingredients here: English Lavender 'Thumbelina Leigh' (Lavandula angustifolia) and Maiden Grass 'Gracillimus (Miscanthus sinensis). If you have trouble finding 'Thumbelina Leigh', a good alternative to this very compact lavender would be Munstead' or 'Lavenite Petite', other superb members of the English lavenders.