This is a garden we designed and installed in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. The brief was to create something that would cause people to stop their cars in the street and stare. As the house was very close to the beach, we could not use much plant material to create an impact, so we decided to make use of pots and water. The photos show how the plan was realised.
On one side of the property three blue pots overflow with water, which seems to disappear into the paving. The owner of the house actually had a few people complaining about the waste of water -- she had to explain that there is an underground reservoir, and that she does not have a tap running all day long! From this feature, a curve of white pebbles breaks up the expanse of black cobblestone paving, leading the eye to the front door of the home that is surrounded by a koi pond, with three pots that seem to be floating on the water, this time with plants in them. On the other side of the home (to carry the theme of pots through) we placed a large pot on its side which simply overflows into a bed of pebbles. Again, scale was important here -- photos don't really show it, but this pot is large enough for a grown man to sit in!
Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria: This is a garden we have totally redone. The large rock pillar on the pavement is a declared monument, therefore we suggested that the clients lower the height of their existing wall so that this pillar can be seen better. We then built three concurring rock pillars within the garden. It all comes together beautifully with very positive shapes being formed.
Waterkloof, Pretoria: This was a fun little garden, but quite challenging. As it was a limited area, my first instinct was to keep the lines of the beds simple and straight. I then brought this meandering pathway through, almost like a river, gushing through the site. At one point the "river" flows over the lawn, where the brick edges cross over, giving the feeling of a stream.