Roses star in this Wa­ter­fall gar­den

South African Garden and Home - - Contents - SOURCES Karen Gardelli [email protected]­tic.net or 082 745 2891 Lud­wig’s Roses lud­wigsroses.co.za Tal­borne Or­gan­ics tal­borne.co.za

Look­ing at the pro­fu­sion of roses in Rose and Brett Adams’ gar­den north of Jo’burg, it’s hard to be­lieve it’s only two years old es­pe­cially as it was a bare patch of Highveld grass when they bought the site.

“There were a num­ber of things we wanted in the gar­den, which in­cluded pri­vacy and a lawn for the chil­dren to play on. I’m pas­sion­ate about roses,

so these were on the list as well,” re­calls Rose. “We also wanted a gar­den that wouldn’t look dead in win­ter.” To achieve all this, the Adams knew they needed the in­put of a land­scaper, so they con­tacted Karen Gardelli. In­tro­duced by Rose’s mother a few years back, Karen also de­signed the cou­ple’s first two gar­dens.

While the house was un­der con­struc­tion, Karen started re­shap­ing the gar­den. “We lev­elled the slop­ing site to cre­ate a large lawn area and brought in tons of top­soil that had al­ready been mixed with com­post,” says Karen. “As com­post alone is not enough to en­sure max­i­mum per­for­mance, we dug a large hole for each plant to which we added 2:3:2 and su­per­phos­phate.”

To pro­vide pri­vacy and muff le traf­fic noise, Karen planted large trees and shrubs such as wild olives, pit­tospo­rums, aca­cias and vibur­nums around the perime­ter. To add depth, she in­cluded dif­fer­ent greens in­clud­ing grey and lime shades and this band of trees now forms a lush back­drop to the spec­ta­cle of roses.

“Although these trees were only planted 10 months ear­lier, by the time we moved in they had al­ready set­tled and grown a lot, de­spite the ter­ri­ble drought,” Rose re­calls.

Then it was time to con­cen­trate on the roses. “Although Rose loves pas­tels, she al­lowed me to in­clude some brights,” says Karen. As scent is very im­por­tant to Rose, Yvette Bezuiden­hout of Lud­wig’s Roses Egoli ad­vised her on those with the best fra­grance.

“She also told me to not to plant them singly but in small groups of five, which has far greater im­pact,” she says. Also in­cluded near the out­door liv­ing area are ‘Nana Ing’ roses named for Brett’s late mother In­grid, who was a great gar­dener.

To give the roses the best pos­si­ble start, Karen added peanut shells to each plant­ing hole to en­sure that oxy­gen reaches the roots and the soil drains well. “As well as com­post and su­per­phos­phate, I also in­clude two spade­fuls of Lud­wig’s rose mix. I use it for plant­ing ev­ery­thing that loves acidic soil,” Karen re­veals.

The en­tire gar­den is fed monthly with Tal­borne Or­gan­ics plant food.

As the Adamses wanted to in­clude some spe­cial cy­cads that be­longed to Brett’s mother, Karen spread these

evenly through­out and in­tro­duced more, which, to­gether with tree ferns, cre­ate a wood­land area and give the gar­den an uniquely African feel.

In ad­di­tion to roses, there are sec­tions with shrubs and peren­ni­als such as laven­der, weigela, gaura and aga­pan­thus. “But we don’t plant an­nu­als or peren­ni­als be­tween the roses as there is ab­so­lutely no space,” smiles Rose.

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:El­e­gant hy­brid teas and flori­bun­das such as ‘Rose­mary Lad­lau’ and ‘Peo­ple’s Princess’ thrive un­der a high canopy of leop­ard trees. In the front are the low­grow­ing land­scape roses ‘My Granny’ and ‘Granny Dear­est’. While all the roses in this gar­den are highly fra­grant, the most fra­grant is ‘Dou­ble De­light’, Rose’s favourite.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT:The gold of ‘Tawny Pro­fu­sion’ with the gi­ant flow­ers of ‘Gar­den Queen’ be­hind.Cy­cads from Brett’s mother were planted through­out the gar­den. A num­ber of small trees break the ex­panse of lawn and soften the lines of the house. The two Alaskan Mala­mutes, Storm and Sa­vanna.‘Nana Ing’.

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