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 […]
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 […]
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.
A vase of fresh flowers in the home adds both a touch of class and a stylish atmosphere to an environment where we spend much of our lives.
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…
Strong, flowing lines are the essence of good garden design. A common problem, however, is that those ‘strong lines’ tend to lose their definition over time and, with that, their impact.
When flying over densely populated parts of South African suburbia, you have the opportunity to peep into many urban backyards containing conventional swimming pools kept in pristine condition with the help of chemicals, permanently sucking vacuum cleaners and frequent manual maintenance by the owners. The gardens surrounding these unnatural-looking blue expanses of water are normally […]
In the garden with Anna Recently, while visiting open gardens and garden shows, and judging gardening competitions, I met up with ‘long-time-no-see’ plants and learned new tricks.