Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Garden Design

There is more to gardening than just plants! The actual design structure of the plot is very important in achieving the garden that will suit you.

Setting out the pathways, decks, pavers or gravel will depend on the size of your garden, where the sunny/shady areas are, how you will be using the garden, seating areas and whether you want low-maintenance. 

It can be costly, but the overall design doesn’t have to be completed all at once, you can maybe concentrate on one area, then gradually add more over time.

Whether your garden needs a total redesign or a quick fix to give it a lift there’s always a solution to turn your plot into a place to relax in and enjoy.


Decking creates the perfect focal point for a low-maintenance garden. You can add raised beds, benches and screening, leaving room for the entertaining area.

Containers filled with fragrant plants, and some planting around the decking will soften the appearance of hard edges.

A winding path of pavers or gravel will add interest to any garden, with seating areas, vibrant borders and canopies of small trees.


If you have a sloping garden terracing will create useful level planting spaces. Keeping larger plants at the top of the slope will avoid the impression of the garden sloping downwards. 

A garden that slopes can also become a split-level star with the addition of some shallow steps leading to a raised seating area.

Gravel can be used with pavers to make an interesting pathway and planting sweet-smelling thyme in the gravel will enhance the path, also, planting either side of the pathway will soften hard edges.

Once you have decided on the hard-landscaping then you can plan the exciting part – the plants, shrubs and trees to complete your perfect garden!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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