the ultimate guide to black plants
Plants on the dark side of the spectrum add impact and glamour to modern gardens
A new dimension: the Boschendal sculpture garden
The iconic winelands estate launches a sculpture garden to showcase notable South African artists
Add impact and glamour to your garden with near-black plants
As the little black dress is to fashion, so dark plants add a sense of depth and intrigue to the outdoors
A theatrical garden filled with hidden treasures
Shepstone Gardens has a sense of long-established lushness that in parts looks more like a California wine farm than suburban Jozi
top 5 romantic gardens in italy
These Italian gardens display an abundance of gorgeous flowers and Renaissance-style architecture
Image credit: Jesper Storgaard Jensen/House of Pictures The world-renowned Garden of Ninfa is an Italian natural wonder created by the Caetani family – and, more especially, by three generations of remarkable women. Read more about it in our May issue – on shelves now. We’ve outlined five of our top romantic gardens in
Mediterranean dream
Be inspired by Ca’n Busquera’s gorgeous garden and courtyard in Mallorca, Spain, and turn your outdoor space into a tranquil, low-maintenance retreat
Pretty in pink at the Mount Nelson Hotel
Tourists and locals alike love this Cape Town grand hotel and its traditional, charming gardens
Verdant Visual Delight
This time-mellowed Joburg garden reflects its owners’ love of rambling imperfection
Food For Thought
This vegetable garden in Muldersdrift, Joburg, is changing perceptions about eating from farm to plate
A natural sanctuary
A labyrinth and enchanted garden bring a new dimension to this private botanical garden
Makaranga is one of Durban’s best-kept secrets, a magical, 30-acre private botanical garden in the mist belt of Kloof. Quietly developed over 20 years by passionate billionaire plantsman Leslie Riggall as Fern Valley Botanical Garden, it’s a breathtaking collection of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, bromeliads and rare orchids, many imported from the East, France and the US. Leslie created an idyllic setting for them, opening a series of ponds off the stream that winds down from a waterfall in a corner of the property, and fashioning an authentic Japanese garden at its heart with stone bridges and lantern