Topiaries for Christmas: This year do something a little different for your Christmas tree – a topiary. Here’s a selection of top plants for topiaries, in pots or in the garden: Abelia x grandiflora ‘Dwarf Gnome’ The queen of all abelias, A. grandiflora comes in various forms and shapes, while ‘Dwarf Gnome’ has a unique […]
Size: 7 acres Age: 50 years plus Soil type: Acidic Style: A natural, gently sloping wooded garden in English country style Designer: John Nicholls Many South African gardens rival the beauty of the most revered gardens around the world. The Hurry garden in Hogsback reminds us of exotic plants once loved (and maybe lost), and […]
At the East Coast Radio House and Garden Show this year the team from www.tanyavisser.com designed a garden with simplicity and elegance in mind, in order to create a courtyard space that is tranquil and inviting. The focal point included an elegant sandstone bowl from Wilson Stone, with a unique, one-of-a kind bronze sculpture from […]
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 […]
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 […]
At some point or another when we were younger we all loved seeing and playing with a miniature version of the world we live in. Girls played with doll houses and boys played with train sets and dinky cars. Today the world has changed, but small-scale joy is still seen in villages built out of […]
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.