TRUE RO­MANCE

The wed­ding gar­den at Vrede en Lust in Fran­schhoek is a painterly oa­sis that sets the stage with a bold de­sign and cu­rated colour pal­ette fit for a bride. We let you in on how to achieve the look

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DIRECTIONS - TEXT HEIDI BERTISH PHO­TO­GRAPHS ELSA YOUNG

VISUAL IN­TE­GRA­TION

In­te­grat­ing the gar­den into the fabric of the Cape dutch prop­erty be­came fun­da­men­tal to a seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence of the gar­den. his­tor­i­cal mould­ings were copied and repli­cated from old build­ings, us­ing a slightly rougher plas­ter fin­ish for au­then­tic­ity and patina. The water fea­tures ref­er­enced the orig­i­nal homestead’s gables and out­door decor, such as tra­di­tional urns on plinths, were re­pro­duced as state­ment pieces at the foot of the gar­den stairs.

Out­take: For a seam­less in­door-out­door flow, in­cor­po­rate colours and ma­te­ri­als into your out­door scheme that have a sim­i­lar look and feel to those used in your home.

DI­RECT­ING MOVE­MENT

A square lawn with a strong cen­tral water fea­ture im­me­di­ately draws one into the space. as a be­spoke gar­den space used for wed­dings and pri­vate func­tions, the de­sign of this gar­den fa­cil­i­tates the easy move­ment of peo­ple through the site with the in­clu­sion of guest and bride ar­rival points, a cer­e­mony lawn, an area for al­fresco drinks un­der the oak trees and a plant pal­ette specif­i­cally mas­tered to pro­vide colour op­tions for pho­to­graphic mo­ments. Out­take: Con­sider how you live and move around your out­door space. Iden­tify ar­eas needed for pause and re­lax­ation, as well as high cir­cu­la­tion ar­eas, and de­sign ac­cord­ingly. even smaller spa­ces like a bal­cony or court­yard can be visu­ally cu­rated.

CRE­AT­ING DRAMA

Al­ways have an X fac­tor that will take your gar­den to the next level. here, drama is cre­ated by us­ing fo­cal points, such as water fea­tures, and then max­imis­ing on these ar­eas with the­atri­cal jets of water and a stepped water rill. Per­go­las pro­vide a dra­matic, ver­ti­cal foil to an oth­er­wise level site and over time will sup­port a larger-thanlife pro­fu­sion of scented blooms. Out­take: go bold or go home. use well-placed state­ment urns, an over-scaled pot or large, sculp­tural plants to cre­ate drama in your own gar­den. Bench­mark Wood Clas­sics n 8 bench­mark­wood­clas­sics.co.za; Robert Flack % 079 035 6283; De­sign: Franch­esca Wat­son 8 franch­escawat­son.com; Land­scap­ing: DDS Projects % 021 882 9889; Plants avail­able coun­try­wide

a metal per­gola by robert Flack sup­ports climb­ing Solanum jas­mi­noides with grassy pen­nise­tum ‘cream Falls’ in the Fore­ground

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