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Snails slithering across the garden

path are a relatively rare sight

in Dubai, unless you have a

lush, European style garden like

Karen Pissarra, whose yard is a calm

and nurturing space for little creatures

and humans alike. From South Africa,

Karen, of Dubai-based interior design

studio Design K (@designk___), bought

her home in The Springs in April 2017

and renovated it from the inside out.

“We searched for two years before

finding the right property,” she says.

“We really wanted a north facing

garden so that we’d have dappled

sunlight in the garden and streaming

into the house for most of the day.”

A woman who prefers to stay in the

shade, one of Karen’s top priorities was

choosing a mixture of plants and trees

that would offer ample coverage.

“I designed the garden with a fresh

and minimalistic look in mind but

turned to Heather Drake of Gardening

Angels for advice on selecting the

plants in terms of sun direction,” she

says. Sticking with green was the MO,

with not a colourful flower in sight. “I

played with lots of different shades.”

Fully irrigated, the garden is

brimming with plants that offer plenty

of ground coverage, and surrounding

hedges that are yet to reach their

full height – all bought from Warsan

plant nursery. The matte light grey

tiles, from RAK Ceramics, are placed

in a staggered layout for a more

contemporary feel while the deck has

been raised to provide an elevated

lounge area complete with designer

outdoor furniture and accessories

from Purity Dubai (@puritydxb) “It’s

my go-to for outdoor furniture in the

emirate,” she says. The sunloungers are

by Ethimo while the rest is by Paola

Lenti. “We love spending time here

with friends,” says Karen. “It’s a place

in which we feel we can fully unwind.”

A MIXTURE OF

ALTERNANTHERA

GROUND COVER,

DORANTA, JED, OLIVE

TREES AND FICUS HEDGES

SHOWCASE DIFFERENT

TONES OF GREEN

KAREN’S TOP TIPS FOR CREATING A LUSH GARDEN IN THE UAE…

Consult an expert on the plants that will grow and thrive in your garden, so you know that what you’re spending won’t

go to waste. Bear in mind that what works well in one garden may not work in another, so take into account the amount

of light and shade you get and whether the garden will be irrigated before making your choice. The little touches can

make a big difference. The lighter garden sand that is commonly used in gardens in Dubai can appear dry, so I sourced

darker sand for the bedding as it looks moister and helps the garden to look healthier. It’s also important to consider

lighting, so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your space once the sun goes down. The uplights below the tree

trunks are always a good look and there are many styles of string lights that you can use to add a touch of whimsy.

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