Waterwise hedging

Water restrictions hit us hard last year in the Western Cape, but the desire from clients for neat hedging didn’t disappear with the water. Landscape designers and landscapers needed to be more creative with the inclusion of water-wise plants in their designs and specifically for hedging aspects. The trend that has caught on and remained, is the use of Portucularia as hedging. It has neat...
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Vertical shapes

Preferences for planting using vertical shapes has increased in popularity over the past year. The use of tall cactus in rows, or mother-in-laws tongue en masse, or grasses of varying colours and heights are being used more and more in the gardens being landscaped by professionals. The consistency of similar shapes and lines create a dramatic effect. The vertical lines create a sense of...
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Metal Pot Stands

Most people allocate a specific space to build a garden, mostly outdoors (eg: a backyard or in front of their home), creating a sense of peace and calm. But an indoor garden with unique pots can also be an opportunity to energise the home with this serene ambiance. We have seen that the concept of bringing green back into the home has become more popular over the past few years and has taken the...
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Linear Paving

We have seen an increase in the use of thin linear pavers, rather than the traditional square or rectangular stepping stones shapes. These linear pavers are being installed in gardens either in geometric shapes to compliment the architecture of the home and shape of the property, or in offset positioning to present a more natural flow, but still modern and neat lines. Colours tend to be white or...
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Shower wall designs

Gone are the days that showers have to be tiled, as seen by the latest trend of getting a vinyl print designed professionally by a graphic designer, and installing this either on perspex or glass as the shower walls, instead of traditional tiles. Not only does this new trend, open up the realm of uniqueness, but it creates a sense of vibrance, elegance and movement to the bathroom, that would...
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The art of stone masonry

Masonry is the craft of shaping rough pieces of rock into accurate geometrical shapes, at times simple, but some of considerable complexity, and then arranging the resulting stones, often together with mortar, to form structures. There are a lot of products on the market that attempt to simulate the effect of traditional stone masonry in “stone” cladding, however these products just...
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Outdoor Kitchens

With the outdoor living trend here to stay, more homeowners are investing in exterior kitchens than in years past. Well beyond basic grilling stations and dining sets, these full-scale kitchens marry the enjoyment of the great outdoors with indoor conveniences. Today’s outdoor kitchens can be equipped with “smart home” technology — for example, built-in consoles on refrigerator...
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Wood feature wall

To brighten up a blank or plain wall, add a bit of texture to it. A selection of different sized diameter stems of branches placed in a geometric shape, or otherwise filling up an entire wall, not only provides a point of interest, but adds warmth with circular feminine lines, and adds masculine structure too with its geometrical pattern.
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Firewood storage

Store your firewood close to your braai or fire pit. Placing it neatly underneath the seating of the firepit area or around the actual firepit makes for an aesthetically pleasing integration of function and design.
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Steel edging

For a more modern garden, where shapes and geometry are paramount to the overall design, utilise specialised steel strips to edge off textured spaces eg pebble pathways from greened spaces. If edging is going to be utilised next to lawn ensure that the metal strips extend deep enough to prevent lawn roots from creeping under.
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