Photographs Amora Erasmus and supplied
The tall Australian brush cherry (Syzygium paniculatum) hedge just below the house was already in the garden when the Bothas bought the property. “Even though the hedge requires a lot of pruning, I like the screen it provides,” says Rodeen. “You shouldn’t be able to see a large garden in one glance. The dam, some of my rose beds and the veggie garden are below the hedge, while the house and the rest of the garden are above it.”
Pencil conifers add height and symmetry to a bed of ‘The Dark Lady’ and ‘Burgundy Iceberg’ roses; these are interplanted with Cape scabious, lamb’s ear and fleabane.