Shortly before going on maternity leave last year I assisted a couple in an upmarket estate with formalising their garden. The brief was to create a green hedge using a forest of trees to screen off the neighbouring house that was being built. They requested a fully indigenous plant palette, automatic irrigation system, lighting and pathway through the beds. They are both passionate about indigenous plants and their garden is really a stunning example of the beauty that South African flora holds.
Large Olive trees were used as the primary screening elements which were interplanted with Loxostylis alata, Dombeya rotundifolia, Heteropyxis natalensis and Nuxia floribunda. Dais cotinifolia were also added as feature trees. A screening hedge of Dodonea angustifolia created a green boundary and smaller shrubs such as Polygala, Coleonema and Euryops were added. A grass mix including Aristida and Melinis - interplanted with several bulbs such as Ornithogalum, Dierama and Eucomis- formed the main planting theme. Several feature plants grow out of the grass mix including Aloes, Proteas, Cabbage Trees and Cycads.
When I visited the garden again 4 months later it had established itself beautifully and it was so exciting to see the bulbs in flower in between the grasses.
Before and During Construction
After Implementation and then the greener images are taken 4 months after installation.