We waved goodbye to our summer evenings when Love Island kicked off at the start of June.

Since then, the drama has not disappointed – from Davide memorably calling Ekin-Su a "liar and an actress" to Dubai-based estate agent Andrew admitting to Tasha he'd "sucked" Casa Amor girl Coco Lodge's boobs.

But while Ekin-Su may have been branded the villa's real drama queen, it turns out there's something else responsible for the tears, tantrums and everything else inbetween.

Speaking to The Mirror, gardening expert Angela Slater claims the design of the garden has been strategically used by producers to affect how the contestants interact with one another and to create more drama.

The Firepit

The fire pit returns every series and sees more re-couplings and tense chats than we can count on both hands – and our toes.

But according to the gardening guru, the iconic feature is strategically made round so that the islander's have no choice but to see each other's reactions.


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"Not only do the open flames in the fire pit create a sense of drama in themselves, but the seating area is curved around the bowl," she says.

This means it's the perfect layout for the Islanders to see each other's reactions to news – there’s nowhere for you to hide how you're feeling."

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The Terrace

From Ekin-Su and Jay crawling on the terrace for a snog to Andrew confessing his true feelings to Tasha, the terrace has seen its fair share of drama.

But Angela points out that this is further encouraged by the terrace walls, which allow the islanders in the garden below to have a sneaky glimpse at what's going on upstairs.

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She goes on to say that on the contrary, the clever terrace design also ensures islanders can clearly see what's taking place below and gives them the opportunity to eavesdropping into conversations taking place in the garden which are in earshot.

It also gives contestants the chance to watch other islanders' dates which just so happen to occur below the terrace. Coincidence? We think not!

The Garden

Angela notes that the layout of the garden is perfect for ensuring any rumours or gossip can easily spread across the villa – with all chats happening in clear sight of the other islands.

"The ground is flat with some raised platforms and the seating tends to face inwards, meaning that from most areas in the garden you can see what everyone else is up to," says Anglea.

The gardening expert goes on to say that the beanbags are a great addition because they don't have a back to them, meaning they can be moved so that nothing will obstruct the islanders' views.

The Daybed

Angela points out that the daybeds are a clever design feature which really come into play during the Casa Amor test – and that's because they give islanders an option.

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She goes onto explain that while Luca decided to spent the whole of the time sleeping outside to show his loyalty to Gemma, he was annoyed when he realised that Gemma did not make the same sacrifice back.

"Daybeds in both locations give couples the option to match each other's behaviours and decision to sleep outdoors," she explains. "As we know, this can lead to big arguments."

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