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 […]
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 […]
Urns carved out of stone and earthenware amphorae were used by the Greeks and Romans as drinking pitchers and to store other products of nature’s largesse, like wine and olive oil.
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.
Start planning your winter food garden now, before summer becomes autumn, as dictated by the March solstice.
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…
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 […]