I had the fortune recently of meeting a new client with a wonderful enthusiasm for everything around her. It was a privilege to have a client with an eye for design and beauty, a love for nature and a confidence in my abilities.
|Back Garden with views over Palmiet Nature Reserve|
|Front tropical styled garden|
After giving it a bit of thought, and looking through the photos, I decided that the front garden didn't need too much in the way of redesigning. I would move some of the plants around, and take some out altogether to open it up and give a more open feel, and do some minor planting.
My approach to the back garden was to look at it as if it was a roof garden - which to all intents and purposes it was (without the building underneath), and cut my cloth accordingly. We would use mainly grasses and succulents that would be able to cope well with a shallow root system, and potential drought conditions, while at the same time encouraging even more birds into the garden.
|Rough sketch of the back garden|
It took twice as long as I had expected, and one jack hammer chisel head later before we managed to cut holes that I was happy with.
The rest of the project went more or less according to plan, and I think the final result worked really well.
We kept a section of grass on the right (where there is no concrete), for children to play on and to keep the open feel of the area, and we created pathways through the natural planting, one which led to a bench under the trees, and the other to a covered 'entertainment area' which we paved and incorporated into the garden using the same gravel as the pathways.
|Euphorbia, Aloe, Cycad and Fever tree|
|Gravel pathway leading to paved entertainment area|