Garden Design

Window Box Cheery Yellows

3 Window Box Ideas

October 25, 2022 3:36 pm Published by

There is nothing that lifts the spirits more than planting up window boxes – it’s like creating a miniature garden…

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Designing With Containers

July 15, 2022 3:11 pm Published by

The existence of potted plants as contained gardens must surely stretch deep back into time immemorial. Imagine, if you will,…

colourful fillers

3 Colourful Fillers

June 21, 2022 11:15 am Published by

Every garden always has gaps – bits of bare soil between plants that can be filled with pretty annuals. So,…

Foodscape your garden

January 6, 2022 3:56 pm Published by

Why replacing ornamentals with edibles is the next big thing… When we picture an edible garden, we typically imagine neat…

Rewilding your garden

September 15, 2021 12:14 pm Published by

With biodiversity under never before seen pressure, we can and should all do our bit by creating a wildlife refuge…

offbeat outdoor spaces

Offbeat Outdoor Spaces

September 14, 2021 10:23 am Published by

Create offbeat outdoor spaces that fit your garden and you. Modern gardening requires a holistic approach. Gone are the days…

hedge planting

Hedge Planting Tips

June 3, 2021 3:19 pm Published by

The fastest and easiest way to plant a hedge is to dig a trench that can accommodate all your hedgelings…

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Gardening for the Birds

June 3, 2021 2:54 pm Published by

Encouraging our feathered friends to the garden is popular these days. Bird watching is a popular hobby and can be…

sowing seed

The Value of Sowing Seed

May 18, 2021 12:09 pm Published by

April is an important month for sowing seed for winter and spring colour. Get planning and planting now! Some gardeners…

iceberg roses

The War of the Roses

April 20, 2021 9:59 am Published by

The ‘Iceberg’ roses in this marvellous garden have a story to tell. Gardeners are interesting people and their priorities usually…

long garden

The Long Garden

April 19, 2021 10:10 am Published by

We create gardens to nourish our human spirits and satisfy our senses. When Tara Forster decided to return home to…

Pink Summer Flowers

January 28, 2021 10:54 am Published by

Summer gardens are potentially the brightest and showiest of all the seasons. Plant growth is rapid and the results are…


Clever with Colour

January 21, 2021 10:28 am Published by

Everyone loves a colourful garden. Some enjoy heady swathes of bright colour while others prefer more subdued colour schemes. Whatever…

Lysimachia nummularia edging plants

Border Charmers

December 17, 2020 4:40 pm Published by

Edging Plants to Complement Good edging plants that either calmly complement or create a bright colour contrast are just what…


How to Create a Topiary

December 17, 2020 4:03 pm Published by

Ready-made topiaries are much admired but fairly expensive. Luckily it is not too difficult to create your own topiary at…

Pets in the garden

December 10, 2020 10:36 am Published by

Most pet owners are aware of the importance of pet-safe gardening – avoiding toxic plants, fencing off no-go areas and…

More Than A Garden Shed

November 3, 2020 11:03 am Published by

A garden shed may be inherently practical, but we gardeners attach so much more to ours. They become a place…

Smart bordering

September 25, 2020 2:55 pm Published by

Compact plants can be used in rich swathes of colour and texture in the foreground of shrub beds that need…

Water Gardening

August 24, 2020 5:11 pm Published by

Go with the Flow Water features to freshen up your garden design. Close your eyes. Imagine a relaxing spot in…

Creating a hardy backbone

July 22, 2020 2:48 pm Published by

Any garden or landscape needs a backbone to ensure a low-maintenance landscape, which is expected by homeowners. This can be…

Game changer garden!

July 12, 2020 4:17 pm Published by

If the design brief for a typical, very modern South African garden dictates the use of a limited and tough…

Lawn Edgings

June 10, 2020 3:25 pm Published by

A beautiful lawn is the envy of many a gardener. One of the most important aspects of a lush, neat…

A Personal Forest

March 20, 2020 1:10 pm Published by

When Stephen and Nicole Baverstock bought into Hawaan Forest Estate, they did so because they like the natural bush feeling…

Garden Kids

January 22, 2020 12:21 pm Published by

Too many kids spend their days sitting inside being kept entertained by screens, and the lack of outdoor time in…

Starting over in Knysna

January 21, 2020 12:48 pm Published by

When the devastating fire swept through Knysna in June 2017, the Knysna Hollow Country Estate was razed to the ground.…

Silver-Foliaged Plants

July 23, 2019 10:30 am Published by

Silver-foliaged plants are mainly planted because of their functionality – they are mostly heat and drought tolerant due to hairy…

The Hilton Quarry

March 28, 2019 12:56 pm Published by

The Hilton Quarry was initially overrun with large quantities of undesirable alien invasive species (AIS) which had self-propagated across the…

spiral garden

Spiral garden

February 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans The spiral symbol represents movement, usually the movement from outer consciousness to inner awareness and peace. In…

Forever beautiful

January 9, 2019 10:11 am Published by

Get the Look for your Rose Garden There are so many times when roses evoke a ‘wow’ from us! This…

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Peace Lily paradise

December 14, 2018 3:46 pm Published by

House Vermaak – SALI Gold Award winning Garden 2018 – Garden Design This Gold SALI Award winning 2-acre ‘old Kloof’…

show garden

African Thunder

October 26, 2018 10:55 am Published by

A South African designer took the Singapore Golden Show by storm with his creative show garden. Thunderclouds roll over the…


Dare to be different

March 16, 2018 12:01 pm Published by

A monochromatic colour scheme can be elegant and effective. In the two previous parts of this series we chatted about…

Potted Ferns

February 19, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Fashions may change but ferns in pots have always been trendsetters. Potted ferns have been cultivated for centuries as ornamental decoration…

One Pot, Three pots

February 13, 2018 1:25 pm Published by

Potting Plants One pot with three amazing potting plant options! As spring approaches, most gardeners get the urge to plant.…


February 1, 2018 8:04 am Published by

Strong, flowing lines are the essence of good garden design. A common problem, however, is that those ‘strong lines’ tend…

Sansevieria trifasciata

January 11, 2018 1:17 pm Published by

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata is a tough, hardy and enduring succulent from Africa is making a strong fashion statement in…


Stephanotis floribunda

January 11, 2018 12:44 pm Published by

Flower of the Princesses Stephanotis Floribunda, the ‘Flower of the Princesses‘ – this rare and infinitely precious perennial creeper comes…


Rhaphiolepis x delacourii

January 11, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Indian Hawthorn Rhaphiolepis x delacourii is an evergreen shrub with medium- sized, tough, leathery leaves that are dark green, sometimes…

Succulent Seat

December 13, 2017 11:03 am Published by

A retired old chair can be refashioned into a great planter succulent seat with some easy steps and a love…


Pyramid Trellis

December 8, 2017 3:38 pm Published by

This pyramid trellis is an attractive decor item, that elegantly supports climbing plants, and intriguing frames for topiary. Use your…


Stone the Family

December 8, 2017 2:43 pm Published by

In keeping with the miniature gardening trend that has hit the country, we came up with this little stone project…

Trendy Retread Tyres

December 7, 2017 11:33 am Published by

Upcycle your old tyres to liven up a garden wall, easily, quickly and to great effect. Recycling takes a stylish…

Retaining wall and seat

November 28, 2017 8:37 am Published by

Change function into feature by building your own retaining wall and seat, give your outdoor wooden furniture a longer lifespan…


November 27, 2017 9:19 am Published by

Let your Garden Tell you the Time A classical sundial makes the perfect focal point in any garden. What you…

Trees of Life

November 27, 2017 9:00 am Published by

From time immemorial, water and trees have been used to symbolise life. Inspired by that rich tradition, this delightful fountain…

Tranquil Spaces

November 10, 2017 11:22 am Published by

Convert that awkward sloped corner of your garden into a beautiful and tranquil area for entertaining or simply relaxing in…

Step out in Style

November 9, 2017 12:28 pm Published by

Garden Steps Building garden steps down a bank doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Energised by the warmer weather the…

Edging Your Beds

March 1, 2017 12:46 pm Published by

Edging flower beds and pathways attractively and neatly is as important as hemming a dress or framing a picture –…

Stop and Stair

January 18, 2016 7:43 am Published by

Light aluminium ladders are taking over from the heavy, wooden variety as the ladder of choice. However, a discarded wooden…

Rhamnus prinoides

January 14, 2016 8:32 am Published by

Dogwood or Blinkblaar Rhamnus prinoides are bushy with shiny dark green foliage. Its small greenish, insect-attracting flowers are followed by fleshy…

Prettiest Pavement

September 4, 2015 7:11 am Published by

Planting up a beautiful pavement garden is usually the last item on a gardener’s agenda, yet such a garden can…

Portable water features

September 4, 2015 6:29 am Published by

Garden centres stock an array of portable water features that take no longer than a Saturday morning to install in…

Poodle cut your Plants

September 4, 2015 6:21 am Published by

It isn’t difficult to create your own topiary with a ‘poodle cut’ and it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing one…

Paving plants

September 2, 2015 7:56 am Published by

Large paved areas in a garden can be very boring and one unfortunately often ends up inheriting spaces like this…

Paint an Alien

September 2, 2015 7:39 am Published by

Alien Invader DIY Don’t despair if your garden has a few alien invaders lurking in it. Once you’ve been ‘destructive’…

Moonlight Gardens

August 31, 2015 8:57 am Published by

In today’s stressful world, moonlight gardens might just be the antidote we’re all searching for, so spend this month planning…

Garden Therapy

July 21, 2015 12:17 pm Published by

A garden can help restore hope, reduce stress and promote a feeling of wellbeing, even for those whose eyesight if…

Down Many Garden Paths

June 1, 2015 6:55 am Published by

In the Garden with Anna Recently, while visiting open gardens and garden shows, and judging gardening competitions, I met up…

Shades of Shade

April 23, 2015 7:23 am Published by

Dealing with potentially difficult shade conditions is easy if you have the right plants. In gardening, the term ‘shade’ is…

A walk to remember

March 24, 2015 7:32 am Published by

It is easy to create a flowery walkway if you know what to plant at ground level; we analyzed this…

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