The stunning show gardens that were created for the 2013 Garden World Spring Festival can still be seen at Garden World, one of South Africa’s destination garden centres, until the end March 2014. The gardens have grown nicely during spring, and will mature more over the next few months – definitely worth seeing if you have not been there yet!
This contemporary oriental garden is divided into a shady wooden deck with seating and lush planting of grasses, bamboo and foliage plants, and a contrasting dry garden with low-growing grasses and succulents. Focal plants: bamboo, bird’s nest fern, Phormium, Echeveria.
Circles of Life – designer Sharon Catterick, landscaped and constructed by Garden Girlz
A low maintenance garden with a circular theme that can be seen in the tiny lawn circle as well as the wallpaper on the patio. Focal plants: Phormium ‘Amazing Red’, Gazania, Agapanthus.
Celebrating Life – designer Erika Frost and Johan Coertse, constructed by Blue Fig Landscaping.
This family garden has a lot of focal points, like the garden pathway, a dry pebble-lined river bed, trellises, arches, tall pots, a gazebo, pebble stack water features, etc. Focal plants: Arctotis ‘On Fire’, Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’, foxgloves, Bacopa.
Sustainable Sensation – designer Lana Marais, landscaped and constructed by students from TUT
The theme of this delightful garden is recycling and repurposing. All the hard landscaping elements have been made from reclaimed material, like the fountain, plant shelves and plant tunnel. The plants have been chosen for culinary and medicinal purposes. Focal plants: Leptospermum ‘Cherry Brandy’, rose-scented pelargonium, bronze fennel, pansies, Bulbine frutescens, spinach ‘Bright Lights’.
Celebrating Nature’s Art – designer JJ van Rensburg, landscaped and constructed by Vucascapes
The main feature of this garden is a raised circular patio with mosaic inlays in the concrete steps. There is an inviting built-in seating area and lighting to make the area attractive at night. The garden has two striking water features. Focal plants: Chondropetalum tectorum, Dianella ‘Lime Wave’, Murraya exotica, Acorus ‘Golden Edge’, Bamboo ‘Golden Goddess’.
A Delicious Cottage Garden – designer Grant Gove of Grantland Creations, landscaped and constructed by Talborne Organics and Jane Griffiths of Jane’s Delicious Garden
This garden was the overall winner on the show, and it is all about self-sufficiency and eco-friendly gardening practices. The water feature well in the centre cools the space down. There are lots of quirky recycle ideas and every inch of the garden, including the walls and roof, is planted with edible plants. Focal plants: Strawberries, fiddlewood, Erigeron daisies, various herbs, various vegetables.