AFRICAN COL­LEC­TION

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Matt’s col­lec­tion of fyn­bos and be­spoke plant finds col­lected on his trav­els through­out the African con­ti­nent lives in per­fect har­mony along­side his­toric Cape vine­yards.

FYN­BOS ‘Our fyn­bos gar­den fea­tures more than 150 species of Pro­tea, Leu­ca­den­dron, Erica and Agath­osma, many of which are found nat­u­rally on the Con­stan­tiaberg. It also in­cludes pretty much ev­ery species of less well-known fyn­bos such as Bru­nia, Berzelia, Mimetes, Phylica and Me­ta­la­sia that I could lay my hands on. A pink-bloom­ing Me­ta­la­sia

fasti­giata is one of my most novel finds. Af­ter look­ing for it for five years, I re­cently stum­bled upon it at a lo­cal re­tail nurs­ery.’

FLOW­ER­ING TREES ‘I have a great love of flow­er­ing trees – for ex­am­ple kapok trees. My favourite is the Brazil­ian kapok, with its showy pink blooms. Although not en­demic to Africa, they’re widely grown through­out the con­ti­nent. I’m rear­ing an orange-bloom­ing kapok from seeds I col­lected in Mali that is en­demic to West Africa. Other trees from up­coun­try and sub­sa­ha­ran Africa in­clude Schotia afra, Khaya an­thotheca, Ery­th­rina abyssinica, Spath­odea cam­pan­u­lata, Mil­let­tia gran­dis, Kigelia africana, Trichilia emet­ica, Adan­so­nia dig­i­tata, Pel­topho­rum africanum and Xan­tho­cer­cis zambe­si­aca.’ Gar­den De­sign: Mary Mau­rel 8 mary­mau­rel­gar­dens.co.za Land­scap­ing: Ross Mcgill 8 rossm­cgill­land­scapes.co.za

from top Wild irises (di­etes bi­color) and kooi­goed (he­lichry­sum peti­o­lare) in the play gar­den; bridal heath (erica baueri); gor­don’s bay pin­cush­ion (leu­cosper­mum bo­lusii) framed by leu­ca­den­dron spp., me­ta­la­sia and a banksia brought in from vic­to­ria bresler’s na­tive new Zealand op­po­site page swathes of in­dige­nous fauna such as the small­flow­ered this­tle pro­tea (pro­tea scoly­mo­cephala) are in­ter­wo­ven With aris­tida jun­ci­formis

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