By Anna Celliers Edging flower beds and pathways attractively and neatly is as important as hemming a dress or framing a picture – it adds the finishing touch to a garden. Some gardeners use edging materials as a tool to accentuate favourite plants and focal points or to display them to perfection, others use edging […]
When someone hires a garden consultant like myself, it’s very rare that in the first meeting with the client to discuss garden changes we’re met with the simple statement, “I just want a beautiful garden, nothing more and nothing less”. Needless to say, my team and I were left a little lost. This first meeting […]
Instant gardening with pretty plants and a variety of containers immediately raises the spirits, and this month garden centres will be stocked with desirable plants to make you go completely potty! We planted like demons to bid winter a final goodbye and to say a hearty hello to spring. Remember, you can plant basically anything […]
A treasured garden like Paradise requires the hard labour and persistence of generations of gardeners. Luckily, the current gardener follows in her ancestor’s muddy tracks, lovingly grooming Paradise for future generations. This country garden has deep roots. As current owner-gardener Jessica Fender explains: “My great grandfather, Martin Gilson, bought this farm near Cedarville, East Griqualand, […]
This coastal garden may be small, but it offers plenty of interest in its various ‘rooms’ and subtle naturalistic plantings, full of texture and harmonious colour. This small garden in Plettenberg Bay was designed for a Johannesburg couple who decided to convert their holiday retreat into a home to retire in. The property is on […]
Low-growing edging plants can be used to accentuate the lines of shrub beds and to counter large-scale plants behind them for more visual interest and effect. Using living edges can also define garden boundaries like pathways or act as a natural transition between areas with different garden themes. And apart from all of these already […]
Planting up a beautiful pavement garden is usually the last item on a gardener’s agenda, yet such a garden can set the whole tone for the rest of the home and garden.
In today’s stressful world, moonlight gardens might just be the antidote we’re all searching for, so spend this month planning and planting your own.
A garden can help restore hope, reduce stress and promote a feeling of wellbeing, even for those whose eyesight if failing.
The heady perfume of roses, the eye-catching colours of many different perennials, the rich swathes of different grasses and the controlled formality of a parterre garden greet you at the garden gate. It is horticultural agony for a plant lover to decide which ‘garden room’ to visit first…