Designed by Lucy Schnell and managed by Cape Contours, this garden is located at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town. Featured here, a section of an extensive garden with a variety of spaces.
"This garden’s story became one of respecting what came before, whilst injecting new shape and form into the old degraded garden."
Pro Landscaper Africa | April 2018
Every garden has a story. In re-engineering this north facing garden at the foot of Table Mountain this garden’s story became one of respecting what came before, whilst injecting new shape and form into the old degraded garden. The blockhouse store-room was sited, levels were refined, lawns and beds were reshaped whilst the circulation around the garden was re-imagined. Some of the existing plants were left in place, such as the Quercus suber, which is clipped into a large topiary so as not to obscure the mountain view, and dwarf Bottlebrush in deference to the owner’s Aussie roots, and a large contingent of background perimeter shrubs and trees. Others were rescued, bagged and transferred back into the garden once it had been restructured, such
as existing Echium’s and daylilies, as well as an established Thuja which was carefully moved from the embankment into a different spot prior to redevelopment. The designer has gently guided this landscape through an extended maintenance period which includes oversight of seasonal trimming and allowing plants to self-seed where they are happy to do so. White Anemone japonica and Shasta daisies do this joyfully, as have the ferns popping through the stone clad walls. Dietes grandiflora are a bit more persistent and need a firmer contol. Moving, removing or replacing some of the perennials occurs only when they have reached an obvious sell-by-date. In this way, the garden has developed a level of ‘selfperpetuation’ and an exuberant character.