Alicante experiments with garden landscaping
Alicante is experimenting with garden design
New approaches to arranging plants with the aim of creating different visual effects
The city of Alicante has decided to freshen up the visual appearance of its parks and gardens by introducing new flower arrangements and plant landscapes. The flower beds and bushes at the city’s most important sights will be redesigned. The city’s green zone maintenance department uses a technique known as “mixed borders,” which combines the placement of flowers, bushes and trees in a way that creates a layered and more natural effect.
Following the latest trends in the park landscape
The mixed beds are designed with a larger structural plant as an axis around which a combination of species and colors is created. This allows some of the plants placed in previous years to be retained, with only the seasonal flowers needing to be replenished.
If the structure plant is in the middle of the garden area, the other plants are placed in layers from the highest to the lowest until the so-called cushion types are planted. If, on the other hand, the main plant is next to a wall, the flowerbed will be built in a wedge shape from behind.
“Using this new landscaping technique gives a different look to the gardens we are used to and beautifies the spaces in which it is used. The citizens and visitors of Alicante are already starting to see it when they walk through areas such as Avenida Doctor Gadea, Plaza Luceros or Parque Canalejas, where this new flower and shrub architecture has already been applied to the flower beds, ”explains Manuel Villar, City Councilor for the Environment.
For those interested in the botanical aspect of plants, the community reports that among the multitude of species, four types of begonias, five types of lantanas, two types of lobularia, five types of salvias, as well as surfinias, marigolds, verbenas, agapanthus and sugar cane.