By Jan-Willem Blok
A feeling of house: The Gardens of Jan Blok presents an intimate travel via a few of South Africa's such a lot breathtaking deepest gardens, designed through certainly one of South Africa's most famed backyard designers, Jan Blok. The e-book is a visible pride, showcasing more than a few backyard kinds that communicates the essence of undying layout. no matter if set inside of a lush, well-wooded suburb or aloft an eleven-storey condo block, every one backyard displays an excellent experience of area. The architectural proportions and evocative use of color and texture are ideally suited to the houses and life of the folk who stay in and luxuriate in those appealing gardens. This booklet will motivate garden-lovers around the globe.
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Jan has employed subtle changes in level to define the entertainment area and its adjoining sunken garden. A step down from the front garden brings one to the elongated reflective pool, its still water occasionally disturbed by the dip of a dancing dragonfly or the lazy movement of the Natal Chirping Frog. The mischievous water sprite stands as still as a heron hunting its prey. White and mauve Wisteria sinensis drapes the stately pergola, providing a charming show in spring. A sweeping staircase leads off this patio up to the guest suite, which is on the same level as the garages.
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. OPPOSITE BOTTOM RIGHT A beautiful earthen vessel creates a strong focal point at the end of the swimming pool. Lush, textured greenery (Rhapis excelsa and Cyperus alternifolius) transports one to an exotic tropical island.
The garden is described by a series of overlapping circles at varying heights to suggest OPPOSITE BOTTOM RIGHT Delicate chains extend through the weepholes of the water trough. Water hugs each chain as it descends. This not only creates a dramatic effect, but prevents excessive water loss through strong wind. three separate spaces. A circular synthetic turf beckons one across the wooden walkway leading from the entrance. The green floor visually softens the predominance of hard surfaces and sculptural plants.