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Strength from simplicity

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Gardens need not be complicated and the simpler the structure often the more impressive the outcome. 

Russell Page is a garden design hero and here at La Mortella on Ischia he devised numerous yet simple water features around which a plantsman's garden was made by the English composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife Susana. 

Arriving at the garden you follow a fast flowing rill of water through densely planted sub-tropical spaces up toward fountains and ponds at the base of the house on the cliff above. 

The effect of this simple rill is great as it provides a focus as a strip of light passing through an otherwise dark space reflecting the light from the sky above leading the way up to the garden beyond.