Garden in Soto de la Moraleja

Madrid

Uniformity and disorder, structure and wild spontaneity dominate in this garden in northern Madrid. Ornamental herbs, velvety grey leaves and the floral succession of a group of resistant perennials burst forth among the precisely placed boxwood balls in the parterres. At the parterre’s center, a Goldenrain tree from China (Koelreuteria paniculata) which opens from its base into multiple stems. The elegant and delicate foliage of this lovely tree turns orange in autumn, and bears clusters of yellow flowers in summer. A row of small trees with manicured marcescent foliage (the coppery-colored dry leaves don’t fall off until the end of winter), strategically hides undesirable views.

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