INTO THE BLUE
A lack of space doesn’t mean you can’t have a colourful spring garden as landscaper Lizette Nieman demonstrated here
A compact garden bursting with colour
Although courtyards and townhouse gardens have limited space, there are ways to give them a lush colourful appearance, especially in spring. The secret is to use containers and cleverly recycled materials.
To give this small courtyard at Garden World some shelter and shade, Lizette Nieman of Strylitzia Landscaping upcycled old beams to build a pergola and paved sections of the f loor with discarded slasto and a matching pea twirl, pebble inlay.
“Because space was limited, I used pots throughout to bring in personality along with plants and colour,” explains Lizette. “However, if you use too many colours, it’s easy to end up with a haphazard effect. The trick is to restrict the number of plants and colours, and in this case we toned down the overall effect with shades of blue.”
She sourced blue pots from Peebles Plants and filled them with Viola ‘Marina’, Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’, pelargoniums, Nemesia ‘Magenta’, silver verbenas and yellow petunias. These were complemented by Delphinium ‘Guardian Blue’ and Campanula ‘Thumbell Blue’ growing in the nearby troughs. Because the pots are shallow, she added extra peat to the potting mix to retain as much moisture as possible. “You can also use water-retaining granules,” she advises. THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
The garden table and chairs were hand-me-downs that Lizette brought back to life with a fresh coat of paint. A kettle braai fits onto a built-in shelf. The Primula obconica, Crassula multiflora and Campanula ‘Thumbell Blue’ came from Nu-Leaf Nursery. A metal obelisk provides support for peas.
Forming a focal point against one wall is a small water feature, consisting of an old tap spouting water into a galvanised iron bucket, offset by a mosaic backdrop. Linking this to the garden is a series of terracotta pots planted with pet grass, parsley, alyssum, Primula elatior, Viola ‘Coconut’ and Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.
Adding to the colourful look is a collection of predominantly blue plates mounted on the wall. To cater for braai lovers, on the adjoining wall Lizette fitted a tabletop braai on a built-in structure with wood storage below.
Lizette is a strong advocate of upcycling. “I particularly love using old wooden items, transforming them into something that emphasises the theme, and adds personality,’ says Lizette.
THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:Lizette designed the built-in structure with storage space for pots and a small water feature. Delphinium ‘Guardian Blue’ make striking vertical accents.Lotus berthelotii from Vrone Seedlings tumbles from a hanging basket.Ranunculus and osteospermum are two of the plants that brighten the densely planted beds.