A garden of contrasts
Pippa Jarman and Debbie Butler share a home and garden on Leisure Isle, facing the lagoon and Heads. Having lived in the UK and Kenya, they have now settled in Knysna, where they have created their forever home and garden.
When they bought the property the house was run down and the garden was overgrown, dark and dank. Many trees and old shrubs were removed to bring in light, but trees on the perimeter of the property were retained and pruned to provide privacy needed for the outdoor living area. The unsightly concrete walling has had a face lift with innovative use of ‘latte’, and the generous decking that wraps around the house provides ample space for entertainment and sunbathing by the pool. The original house has been redesigned to be light and bright, and incorporates all sorts of indulgences to suit their lifestyles; above the new garage is a floodlit ‘putting green’ where these two ladies practice their putting skills, normally after a few G&Ts!
The dominant use of red and black provides drama and excitement. Black pots are adorned with red roses, red Begonia ‘Angle wings’ in the company of red Inca lilies flourish under the trees and on the deck black loungers sport the odd red cushion.
These two ladies created this amazing space full of life and vitality. It’s very seldom that a garden truly reflects the personality of the owners. Yet here, in this property, the two strong personalities are personified in two very different styles of gardening. The vibrancy of colour, impulsive groupings of plants and love of quirky elements is a true reflection of Debbie’s exuberance of life. Pippa’s garden is more controlled, serene and measured. But somehow these opposites work, complementing one another, resulting in a happy and uplifting space to live in and to enjoy.