By Alice McGowan, Brian McGowan
Cooler-zone gardeners are learning that with a bit wintertime care, vegetation that experience lengthy been thought of "annuals" can thrive for years. those crops - together with geraniums, gladioli, dahlias, begonias, rosemary, lavender, snapdragons, or even impatiens - aren't annuals in any respect. quite, they're gentle perennials. They aren't hardy adequate to outlive wintry weather all alone, yet they are often moved interior in the course of the chilly months after which back to the backyard in spring. Many are much more attractive of their moment and 3rd years! Bulbs within the Basement, Geraniums at the Windowsill is the 1st entire source at the care and upkeep of gentle crops. during this zone-defying consultant, you'll locate easy suggestions for overwintering, besides one hundred sixty specific plant profiles that come with individualized suggestion for overwintering and indoor care. With this useful advisor, you could take pleasure in your favourite vegetation yr after 12 months, regardless of the place you reside!
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The slender bricks used in the construction of the pillars were especially commissioned by the developer for this project. OPPOSITE TOP A view from the gazebo across to the contemplative garden. CLIENT BRIEF To design a French-style garden in terms of the hard landscaping, at the same time using predominantly indigenous plants. A s this garden space is relatively small, its design relies on strong architectural features for impact. The garden lies on a horizontal axis, parallel to the home. An avenue of brick columns, mounted with timber beams, frames the small rectangular swimming pool.
Sculptural tree aloes, Aloe barbarae, flank the bench in the contemplative TOP Acacia siberiana shades the reflective garden with its view back towards the pool. Bark nuggets provide a soft, muted flooring to emphasise the quiet of this area. TOP RIGHT The stylishly furnished gazebo has dropdown reed blinds for protection from the wind. garden, underplanted with groups of Dietes bicolor, Strelitzia reginae and Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’. Mature indigenous olive trees, Olea europea subs. africana, with masses of orange-flowering Clivia miniata at their feet, cast welcome shade over the gazebo in summer.
Up here, storms rage more fiercely, the wind howls menacingly and the sun beats down hard. CLIENT BRIEF The client requested a practical, low-maintenance garden that would enhance his investment in this prestige apartment block. He also requested an entertainment area that was sheltered from the wind. indd 29 7/6/09 12:56:22 PM ABOVE AND OPPOSITE TOP LEFT The putting green is intersected by an arrow-shaped section of deck that draws the eye further into the garden. A single step up onto this platform causes a moment’s hesitation and a heady sense of anticipation.