Garden Makeover | House and Leisure

Garden Makeover

Text Mariola Jakutowicz Fouché Photographs Frank Ellis, supplied TAKE IT OUTSIDE Dedon’s City Camp collection from Cane Time takes alfresco living to a whole new level. The weatherproof ‘outdoor living room’ is a stylish retreat for eating, drinking and relaxing outdoors – whether on a rooftop terrace, in your garden or on a veranda. It’s available as a roofed, four-poster double day bed with table element (R150 000) or a four-poster garden swing (R250 000), each with wraparound curtains for shade and privacy. POT LUCK These pot holders, crafted from kiln-dried invasive timber, make pretty porch adornments and can hold two, four or six terracotta pots of varying diameters (sold separately) – or hang them inside the kitchen for easy access to fresh herbs. Available at leading garden centres from about R135. GREEN FINGERS Landscaper brothers Chris and Luke Maddams head Red Daffodil ( in Cape Town and Joburg respectively, tackling everything from potted patios to kitchen gardens to estates. Here are some of Chris’ tips for garden makeovers: •  Budget for your garden when renovating your home. •   Have a master plan before calling for quotes on pools or paving. Contractors will sell you what is easiest and most profitable for them. •  Bold plant groupings emphasise texture and colour while making the garden easier to maintain. •  Vast lawns and skinny beds make a garden look anaemic. Lawns are cheap to lay but require upkeep. •  If you’re aiming for low maintenance, avoid pots as they require daily watering and weekly feeding. •  Symmetry can be pleasing to the eye but slavish devotion makes the garden overwrought and draws attention to any hiccups such as a missing plant. Aim for balance or proportion instead. This article was originally featured in the April 2013 issue of House and Leisure.