Amara was adding a brand new, modern 4 bedroom villa in Camps Bay to the portfolio. The clients brief to Urban Landscape Solutions was to establish a lush garden with large established plants, creating an island resort look and feel, with a deck in the corner for the sunbeds. Prior to the building works, large palms were brought onto site. The rest of the large shrubs were kept by our nursery, New Horizen until required for planting. The existing large rock in the garden formed part of the water feature.
The wooden pergola, built by Urban Landscape Solutions, frames the lush gardens beautifully. A wonderful place to chill with friends and family – and to enjoy the garden.
The Italian Rye grass which was recently seeded by ULS has establishing itself nicely. The MP nozzle irrigation were installed by ULS into the lawn.
The team planting the large Washingtonia palms. The palms range between 3 to 8 meters in height. A large team was needed to plant the palms on site. Due to access constraints, a crane could only lift the palms from street level one floor up to the front of the house. From here the palms had to be carried by hand to the back.
In the surrounding gardens we’ve planted Cycads, Ferns, Philodendrons, Strelitizias and Clivias just to name a few, all of which will add to a lush tropical feel in the garden.
A lovely view from the bedroom of the garden with the wooden pergola.
Phasing of execution: Major earthworks were required in the initial phase. We excavated nearly 200m³ of clay soil from site. The high water table and clay content meant that we had to install subsoil drainage. Hard landscaping was then completed, including water feature, garden light and pavers. After this planting and soil improvements commenced.
The biggest challenge was getting the excavated soil from the upper garden area to street level. Skips had to be filled and carted away 6m³ at a time. Getting material up to the garden also had its challenges. Materials such as lawn sods and compost.
A view from the rooftop terrace shows the ULS Team is busy setting out plants and planting. The construction team is working on the wooden pergola seating area.
The Twelve Apostles Mountains in the background.
Planting on the upper terraced level creates a tropical feel. Plant species include: Cycas, Philodendron, Schefflera, Rhumora, Phormium, Clivia, Strelitzia, Seafortia, Coprosma and Plectranthus. The existing rock from site was incorporated into the retaining wall to create a water feature.
The view from the kitchen where ULS installed the vertical green wall. The green wall is planted with Crassula, Plectranthus and Ophiopogon species.
A view from the norther corner of the property looking towards the main garden area at the back.
Busy packing white river stone on the rooftop terrace to hide and soften the waterproofing layer.