This garden, situated in the heart of Constantia, is designed on a formal cottage garden style with strong classical continental influences. Our client, who has previously won an award for her garden in Johannesburg, requested a formal cottage garden with bounteous spring and summer flowering shrubs and annuals.
The client specifically prefers the softer pastel colours and loves roses.
A horse jumping arena and garden for home grown herbs, vegetables and cut flowers were required.
An area for organic vegetables and cut flowers for the house, is situated close to the kitchen. In keeping with the continental style of the garden it has been treated in the fashion of the French style ornamental kitchen garden.
A feature was made of the protruding chimney wall by training a plum tree Espalier style. Other typical pruning techniques used in the garden include Pollarding of the driveway hedge, formal hedges of varying heights , and numerous topiaries of various design.
Roses are planted liberally throughout the garden , singly and en masse and make a strong impact on the mood and atmosphere of the garden.
To grow healthy roses that flower generously, a regular fertilizing and spraying program is adhered to. Organic sprays and pesticides are used, which encourage the presence of chameleons and numerous frogs in the garden. These insect predators in turn play a role in natural pest control and reduction.