One constant factor throughout the resort is the manner in which
the softscape is divided into large rectangular plots expressing a tension between
the aesthetics of an ordered matrix and the naturalistic planting. To achieve
this effect, planting is done in grids to form hedges of flowering shrubs and
clusters of bamboo. Specimen tree species are planted as distinctive trees with
characteristically good form.
The Villa Courtyards attempt to depict a perception of home –
where the landscape feels comfortable and intimate, just as a diligent
home-owner would have tended to its every need. Plant choices and arrangements
therefore echo these qualities – chosen with low maintenance in mind, with soft
lawns of mosses and grass comfortable to tread on with bare feet. Potted
plants, bonsai trees and carefully chosen stones are positioned at strategic
locations around the yard in the same spirit as a Chinese painting.