Garden Design

Helpful Gardening Tips for March

March is a time of the year in the garden where you still have some hot days, but in general climate starts cooling down and in particular night temperatures go down. So this is the time of the year where you still practice summer maintenance but at the same time [...]

By |2019-04-09T12:02:29+02:00March 20th, 2019|Garden Design Tips|Comments Off on Helpful Gardening Tips for March

Not Just Rocks In A Box Part Two

As landscapers we have access to a lot of different varieties of stone and rock that can be offered as fill materials for gabions. Using these materials cleverly and with professional experience is important for designing retaining structures in your house or landscape. The diversity of the fill materials combined with [...]

House Spokes

Location: Nova Constantia Garden size: 1500m2 Landscaping Budget: R1,2M Garden Style: Contemporary Meadow & Stream gardens Age of garden: 2 and a half years old. Started in 2014 and completed in 2016. Set against the panoramic views of the Constantiaberg mountains, and bordering the vineyards, is a [...]

By |2017-09-12T13:42:26+02:00June 23rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on House Spokes

Bougainvilleas – So Bright And Bold

Excerpt: One of the few plants making a splash at this time of the year are the beautiful Boungainvillea cultivars! From white to pale orange, bright pinks and deep magentas, there are a lot of vibrant ones available these days. In this blog we find out more about growing these cheerful climbing Boungainvilleas, so [...]

By |2017-04-24T14:20:54+02:00April 16th, 2017|Plant Database|1 Comment

Creative Use of Indigenous plants

With the drought still in full swing in the Cape, many of us Landscapers and gardeners and again looking to our indigenous plants to fill in the bare areas of our gardens that have succumbed to the lack of rain. Many of these plants in our indigenous palette, are tough, beautiful and water wise [...]

By |2017-03-29T11:37:17+02:00March 28th, 2017|DIY Garden Guide, Garden Design Tips, News|5 Comments

Our Best Water Wise Plants – Part 2

Part two of our popular blog on our best water wise plants that we as Cape Contours use regularly in our gardens. We have broken them down into categories that make these hardy plants such tough water champions, we share why we keep them firmly in our water wise plant palette. [...]

By |2017-03-16T08:54:34+02:00February 27th, 2017|Global Greats, Plant Database, Water Wise|5 Comments

West Coast Garden Style: Gardening By The Beach

Summer is in full swing, but the deserved year end holiday is still a few weeks away. And I'm in the office just dreaming of where I would rather be…on a beach, in the sun, not far from home with mussels for lunch and fish potjie for supper. Well then why not let’s look [...]

By |2016-12-05T12:49:04+02:00November 28th, 2016|Garden Design Tips|1 Comment

Cape Contours Shines at the Cape Town Flower Show 2016

When the Cape Town Flower Show 2016 told us they were planning on launching a revamped, upgraded, and completely re-imagined Flower Show after years of absence, Cape Contours leapt at the chance to get involved. Aiming to celebrate all things garden, from international planting trends and designs for living outdoors, to innovative products, [...]

Insect repelling planting

Enjoying your garden on a summer evening with friends, dining alfresco, can be divine…or serious hell…if the wee beasties decide to come and join the party. Here in South Africa we have a lot of different insects that can become a pest in your home and vegetable garden. Ants, mosquitos, flies, aphids, [...]

Designing an English Country Garden

Spring has sprung! And everywhere riotous colour is popping in the garden…or should be. Perhaps you like me, have some garden envy, after spending Sunday on the weekend getting swept away in a gorgeous open garden in Constantia where everything was looking so beautiful! Why is my garden not looking like that [...]

By |2017-01-23T10:54:02+02:00October 17th, 2016|Garden Design Tips, International Trends|Comments Off on Designing an English Country Garden