Lifestyle Garden Design Show 2021
adapted from the original wording by Mike Rickhoff
The Lifestyle Garden Show 2021 celebrates the Tree of Life – a play on the human condition and symbioses that affect and are affected by Earth Issues. This central theme, triggered by a beautiful old Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra) tree that still grows within the Lifestyle Home garden space, creates design opportunities that link directly to issues of universal wellness.
(For an in-depth full page explanation of the Tree of Life and it’s integration into the Garden Show this year, pick up your free copy of the Garden Guide 2021 from any of our Information Kiosks in-store, or click |HERE| to download the PDF of this years show)
This space reflects the true elements of letting go and inviting nature in:
Artistic design is brought in using simple elements in an innovative way that reflects quality, sophistication, taste and understated class.
Rewilding as a global movement suggests that we should trust in nature and the natural order, by releasing ourselves and the wild habitat from any human intervention.
The sinuous pattern formed by a clever interaction of curved benches and pavers defines the essential layout of this rustic space where all plants, including wild grasses and aloes, are given free reign.
Upright poles and lanterns form an intimate backdrop to a cascading rocky water feature, which in itself brings harmony to this tranquil setting.
Resetting seems to be the name of the game in 2021:
Whilst many of us have found a new lease in working from home, we also yearn to be in touch with nature – this garden is a multi-faceted space that marries Avant Garde steam punk patio elements with an online work-backdrop, leisure patio setting and ecological surrounds.
The wall is composed of stacked planters and moss mats, tillandsia-filled baubles and a faux Joburg Cityscape. The desk is made of wooden planters and square posts – a clever product innovation to create a desktop surface.
Indigenous wildlife-friendly flora, bug hotels and bat hotels surround the space. Skillfully placed trellising emphasises specific environmental support for birds, insects and butterflies, and flows comfortably into an adjoining wetland garden area, with an overwhelming feeling of contemporary ecological design permeating this multi-dimensional space.
The main edible offering for 2021
Homegrown food sustainability is at the core of this gardens function, with angles taking centre-stage, as swathes of planters in varying sizes dominate the scene.
Terracotta, steel and green-on-green, together with bold planting, underpin the structure, while softly embroidered bark mulch playfully underscores the interweaving spaces.
The garden features an interplay between strong, diagonal horizontal lines, and height. Maximum edible planting space is the name of the game, whilst not sacrificing the look and feel of a true designer garden.
A comfortable bench nestled among fruit trees offers an element of relaxed living space in a garden that is essentially utilitarian.
Vibrant colours in shades of green, grey and deep red, make this garden not only enticing to the taste buds but a pleasure to gaze upon too.
Outdoors! A garden created for children, this area comes with a warning for adults to beware!
Soft water, misted through a bold central funnel of moon gates, invites the youthful at heart to cool down in a fun and quirky way in a hot day!
Interest and colour abounds in a lively composition that should set young hearts racing. From a faux hobbit-hole nestled in a faraway corner, to a funky and colourful teepee, paths made of colourful feet-shaped pavers and whimsical garden creatures propped throughout, this garden is all about fun and fantasy.
Watch out for the slightly hidden fairy garden and cleverly conceptualised mini pot mushrooms!
More is More
In the spirit of the Plant Parent phenomenon, this balcony space intentionally understates the hard landscaping factors, whilst making plants the stars of the show.
Plant Parents believe that more is more – that is, as far as plants go. The notion is that you can never have enough plants.
The adjacent balcony in this set endorses the more-is-more phenomenon with bursting, lively colour – again – with plants taking centre stage. Although the large orange spheres, contrasting with the blue plants, are sure to catch the eye!
The feel is for the young millennial – a place to sit and enjoy a lush plant collection with minimal clutter. Water features and fun elements intersperse, without overwhelming the plant presence.
Plants occupy space in hanging baskets, macrame tillandsia pods and beautiful bonsai pots – maximising plant space.
A series of simple steel arches wrapped with recycled pallet planks and bordered by a strong, contemporary avenue of potted palms, creates a perspective gallery within which plants that prefer a protected location can be catered to. With all of its busy-ness, solitude, serenity and tranquility is still achieved.
Vertical gardens are taken to another level – with pink and white as the favourite foil. Bursting with plants in these hues, this garden is a marshmallow-like dream space.
A strong and full wall of vertical planting units bursts with colour in startlingly unexpected, vibrant richness. Gabions filled with grey and white pebbles help to define and enclose the space whilst pots of soft pink are planted up with white bougainvillea and mixed pink petunias.
The balcony is connected to an opposite raised balcony via a small courtyard. This garden provides a stark but satisfying contrast to its opposite space, and is characterised by classical romantic greens and whites. An armada of suspended kokedamas delight in one corner; in the opposite corner blue ornamentation on a tiered stand gives this space several points of intimate uniqueness.
The romantic balcony and courtyard feature checkerboard patterns in a variety of layouts, all the while a central water feature spouts gently, connecting the entire space.
Soft ambience is the overarching deposition in the more traditional balcony, unlike the playful delight of its neighbouring pink-pairing.
Epitomising effective water-wise design
Hydrozoning – simply defined – is planting by groupings. In this set of two balconies, both backdrops and garden spaces are diametrically opposite in plant biome choices.
On the one hand, we have a balcony and adjacent micro-strip featuring water gardens and aquatic habitats. The strip is a true small water garden whilst the balcony features pots serving as portable wetland spaces. Soft blues and greens in ceramic planters emphasise the aquatic nature of these gardens.
On the other hand, in the spirit of Afro Chic, the neighbour to the water garden and balcony is a microcosm of a large vibrant design movement. The essence possesses an unashamedly African undertone with strong flavours of tradition and contemporary local vibrancy.
Orange and terracotta are strongly represented – the paved patio floor is again earthy cobble, and sports embedded herringbone inserts for interest and pattern. Funky, earthy tones characterise the balcony, where furniture is rustic – the planting dominated by succulent species. These two gardens side by side epitomise the priceless element of water.
A Mediterranean vibe!
One cannot help but feel a Mediterranean energy embrace you with this garden. Grapes are planted dominantly through trellising, and herbs are suspended in a curtain of bar-threaded pots. Space is maximised by utilising clever angles in the garden. A chunky bench accents the far side of the graveled path under the pergola, inviting one to sit among the heady herbal fragrance which permeates the space.
A small al fresco corner is accented with mosaiced chairs and a side table, denoting the European feel of a relaxed meal of cheese, wine and biscuits that one would typically enjoy under French olive groves.
Massed lavender, rosemary and other hardy herbs are interspersed amongst strawberries, with a general hot, dry garden appeal.
Ideal for seclusion and the truly simple things in life, all that visitors to this space need is good literature or great company- the garden will take care of the rest.
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