FAQ’s and suggestions

Landscape designer – Apple Landscape Jhb

TRADE SECRETS

WERNER BOTHA

WHICH GARDEN TOOLS SHOULD YOU NEVER BE WITHOUT?

“A  good quality potting trowel and a pair of general purpose secateurs.”

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS, SHRUBS AND TREES

Plants that can survive drought, including irisus, anthiricum saundersii,
salvias, box green ballon, maiden grass” READ MORE…

WHICH GARDENS DO YOU FIND IRRESISTIBLE?

“Indigenous modern/contemporary gardens with elements of  an oriental design”

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ALL GARDENS HAVE?

” A vertical herb garden, a central waterfeature, some potted plants and a shady tree to sit and enjoy the view of the garden.”


 

 

Landscape Architect - Apple Landscape Jhb

Hjalmar de Waal – Landscape Architect – Apple Landscape Jhb

DESIGNER INSIGHTS

OUR EXPERTS RECOMMEND WALLING MATERIALS AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS

WHICH MATERIALS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BUILD NEW WALLS AND WHY

HDW “the living wall, a vertical tapestry of plants, suits small spaces even in areas of shade,between buildings and on roof terraces, a vertical herb garden can be made at no expense the the floor space using various recycled techniques.”

WB “Walls say alot about who you are, they can become a defining aesthetic in your kingdom.Match the material to what is local to the area, drystone walls work in rurual areas for that authentic look that will blend well with your surroundings. an old stock brick wall will add character and charm. Sandstone walling also it adds a natural element to any garden, It’s 100% maintenance free.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUGGEST EXTENDING AN EXISTING WALL?

HDW “Perhaps opt for a contrasting material or consider verticle planting up an industrial steel mesh, displaying plants to their best.”

WB” Steel weave work would be my first choice as it  is always a great addition to any garden and its lightweight structure allows for an easy installation to raise even a single brick wall without compromising the structural integrity of the existing wall.”

WHAT SORT OF WALL WOULD YOU USE TO TRANSFORM A GARDEN:

HDW “Natural stone walls offer a sense of timelessness. A drystone wall is durable, but
lengthy construction time ans specialist skills are required. Alternatively rusted iron
sheets provide a dramatic backdrop for sculptural plants, i.e. succulants.”

WB “living walls are de rigueur and allow for wonderful planting.  A green vertical garden wall,  planted either with succulents or lush perennials depending on the aspect of the area, with variation of planting schemes and perhaps negative areas with mirrors or feature pots in them to add depth and focal points.”


 

GARDEN TIPS

HOW TO CREATE A WILDLIFE GARDEN

ENCOURAGING INSECTS: Bumble Bees and Honeybees are nature’s greatest pollinators, helping keeps flower boarders colourful. Plants like,rosemary, heather, borage,  lavender, Blombos , False Buchu, Basterboegoe, thyme, cape honeysuckle(popular chameleon plant), buglias, fushia, Cape May, Aasbossie, geraniums, Confetti Bush, Buchu, September Bush, Septemberbossie . Encouraging insects into your garden. Helps the birds, amphibians and mammals that feed on them, which help pollinate flowers too. Keeping piles of leaves and few pieces of dead wood make a great home for insects. Nettles are great for butterflies because they lay their eggs on them. Grasses are a favorite for butterflies to lay their eggs and Forest Bell Bush, Blouklokkiesbos for butterfly larvae

CATER FOR BIRDS: Birds love seed all year round, which you can provide in a hanging feeder. The also love sugar water, oranges and apples which you must position in garden in a place where the birds have a good view of the garden while feeding and drinking, Biteosattract birds which eat their berries and amazingly field mice are often found eating their berries too. Wild Rosemary, Kapokbossie, Wilderoosmaryn are used to line the nests of birds. Wilde Dagga also attracts sunbirds. If you don’t have a birdbath the pond works well but birds love to bathe.

PROTECT YOUR PLANTS: from the frogs with a barrier of sand or crushed shells

POND LIFE: A water garden offers tranquility and a refuge for frogs, if your pond is teaming with frog spawn then leave it, some will provide food for predators which helps to thin out the spawn, on average a female frog will lay 2000 eggs of which only five survive to adulthood. When topping up your pond use rainwater which is muchhealthier for fish and frogs.  Give easy access for amphibians and critters, bees, birds to steep sided pond byusing large rocks in the water next to the edge. Alternatively plant lilies, their pads offer hopping off points, while grass at the waters edge provides cover. Wood piles are ideal for hibernating amphibians. A resident toad is a slugs worst enemy. If you don’t have a birdbath the pond works well.


GENERAL QUESTIONS TO GET YOU STARTED:

– Would you like a High or low maintenance garden?
– What style of garden do you like i.e. classic, modern, country, formal\ informal?
– Are there any particular plants you like so I can incorporate them in the design?
– Will the garden be used for viewing only or will you be entertaining in it
(this is to ascertain high and low traffic areas and design accordingly)?
– Would you like water in the garden, options include a koi pond or small water feature?
– Would you like a lawn area?
– Would you like a paved area?
– For what purpose will the garden be mainly used?
– Would you like an entertainment area/fire pit/ boma?

maintenance questions:

– Do you have pets?
– How old are they?
– Do they like to dig?
– Do you have kids and how old are they?
– Are you a keen gardener?