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. canetime.com 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 (reddaffodil.co.za) 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.