I was interested to recognise so many of our native plants growing in the wild in Italy when the climate there is considerably more extreme, sambucus, oak, etc and garden shrubs such as wisteria and philadelphus. Of course the longer hotter summers provide host to more succulent species and of course olives and figs a plenty too.
A sun bleached landscape is not easy to recreate back at home but I like to take inspiration from the simple…. charming, rustic style. To appreciate our native plants on mass and old mossy walls or peeling paint on old woodwork. In a bigger English country garden, I love the contrast of formal borders, bursting with flower power, with meadows and wild areas.
Not only is it better for wildlife if we resist the urge to manicure every corner, we can learn to enjoy the unspoiltness.