John Richardson Gardens   Garden Design and Construction

On the drawing board.

Fern Ravine inspired Entrance Garden










Herb,Fruit and Vegetable Garden.








Mountain-side garden

This mountain garden in Cape Town’s central southern suburbs has many challenges. It is located on a steep east-facing site where it is subject to strong south-easterly winds in the summer and significant surface water run-off throughout the winter.

The adjacent sketch outlines the broad concept for the garden. Essentially, to collect the water at one point at the top and channel it via a series of low weirs and shallow ponds into the existing storm water drain at the bottom of the site. This will create a perennial mountain seep which will be planted with indigenous water- side plants as found growing naturally on the mountain side. A herb / vegetable / indigenous cut flowers, garden, will be created on the lower slope where the gradient is less radical. Indigenous lawns and site-sourced rock create the people spaces and retaining structures required by the design.



Atlantic seaboard Contemporary

This contemporary, architecturally designed home on the Atlantic seaboard is to receive an organically designed indigenous garden. Indigenous planting always works well around contemporary architecture and the extensive plant list includes Cussonia spicata, Dietes grandiflora, Plumbago auriculata, Syzygium cordatum, amongst others. Wide steps are created using treated bluegum timbers and 6mm diameter Worcester stone-chip, the latter being used for the paths and pedestrian areas throughout.


Deep South Revamp

The property on this multi-levelled site in Cape Town’s Southern suburbs is currently being extensively renovated both inside and out. This garden sketch plan describes a new timber deck around the existing house in order to take full advantage of the significant views, as well as extend the interior living area out into the open air. Access to the front door of the house is via the deck and care was taken to keep the seating area separate from the desire lines.Otherwise the main purpose of the design is to pull together the currently disparate areas of the garden together, by placing them on the same level where possible and then connecting those levels with broad, easily accessed steps.There are several existing, large palms and other non-indigenous plants on the site. 


Cape Classic

The garden around this Classic Cape house with its grey slate roof and gabled architecture seeks to give the building the context that it needs to shine. On the ground this translates into a large perfectly level lawn surround by a wide skirt of riotous planting, disciplined in places by hedges, edges and other hard landscape elements.There is also a pool, a converted garage and an extensive herb / vegetable and cut flower garden incorporated into the design. Planting will be along classic lines with the extensive use of lavender, white iceberg roses, wild iris, olive trees, statice and perhaps even a grapevine or two! 


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Posted: 3/24/2012 (11:22:52 AM)

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