A Sense of Space: The Gardens of Jan Blok by Jan-Willem Blok

By Jan-Willem Blok

A feeling of area: The Gardens of Jan Blok presents an intimate travel via a few of South Africa's so much breathtaking inner most gardens, designed via certainly one of South Africa's most famed backyard designers, Jan Blok. The publication is a visible satisfaction, showcasing quite a number backyard types that communicates the essence of undying layout. no matter if set inside a lush, well-wooded suburb or aloft an eleven-storey condo block, each one backyard displays an excellent experience of house. The architectural proportions and evocative use of color and texture are ideally fitted to the houses and life of the folk who stay in and revel in those attractive gardens. This publication will encourage garden-lovers worldwide.

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Bark nuggets provide a soft, muted flooring to emphasise the quiet of this area. TOP RIGHT The stylishly furnished gazebo has dropdown reed blinds for protection from the wind. garden, underplanted with groups of Dietes bicolor, Strelitzia reginae and Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’. Mature indigenous olive trees, Olea europea subs. africana, with masses of orange-flowering Clivia miniata at their feet, cast welcome shade over the gazebo in summer. OPPOSITE MAIN Identical cast-iron urns, filled with the Cape Thatching Grass, Chondropetalum tectorum, grace the slender water feature outside the dining area.

These are underplanted with the textured, nonvariegated Chlorophytum comosum to soften the cobblestone surfacing. indd 37 7/13/09 1:53:23 PM above A magnificent water feature, divided into a series of reflective pools, runs the length of the living area. The gently moving water creates a wonderful ambience, while lighting in the evening adds a sense of drama to the entertainment area. OPPOSITE TOP RIGHT The boundary wall adjacent to the gazebo runs at an angle to the home. This is squared off with a planting area filled with Strelitzia nicolaii, Phormium tenax ‘variegata’, Cyathea australis and Livistona chinensis palms.

52 A delightfully eclectic mix of furnishings decorates the poolside. Oversized daybeds, bold clay urns and a carved dugout lend an East African atmosphere to the space, complemented by the oriental furnishings on the covered verandah. indd 52 6/17/09 9:50:31 PM RIGHT Soft underplantings frame the lush lawn. The taller Nandina domestica towers over its smaller cousin, Nandina domestica ‘pygmaea’. Sculptural Aloe ferox contrast with the softer Liriope muscari and Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’. indd 54 6/17/09 9:51:58 PM Midlands Country Garden T he Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal offers some of the most picturesque countryside imaginable.

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