05 May Why Work With PlantLife Artscapes?
You might ask yourself why you would need a landscaper in a country full of gardeners?
While gardeners play an integral role in South African home keeping, bringing in a landscaper takes things to a whole new level. You are bringing experience, expertise and exciting design into your home space.
When you contact PlantLife Artscapes your experience begins with a meeting with our design team. Before we take a single measurement we take time to sit with our clients to figure out what it is they want. At that meeting we listen more than we do anything else. We try to understand what it is that our clients want.
Once we get a feel for the project it’s time to take those measurements. We take a complete look at the site taking into account its geographical location, its position relative to the sun, analyse the local soil content and map out valid water points.
If necessary we communicate and collaborate with architects and interior decorators to create a seamless experience for the homeowner which merges their interior stylistic tastes with the architectural features of the property.
We have our own collaborations with top plant breeders and growers from around South Africa and can provide you with the latest cultivars which result in brighter colours and more compact, disease resistant plants for you home landscape.
As responsible landscapers we always encourage our clients to plant indigenous gardens. This is good for the Earth, good for South Africa and good for our clients. Indigenous plants create natural spaces for the fauna of South Africa to call home. This in turn creates relaxed, African spaces which harness the power of wild Africa in the form of its birds, bees and butterflies to help us forget the pressure brought on by city living.
We look to create a garden space that is multidimensional in experience. It’s not enough that it looks beautiful but it should smell and sound beautiful too. A feast for the eyes, a massage for the ears, gorgeous things to touch, smell and taste.
We encourage all our clients to plant edibles in their garden spaces. Whether it’s a fruit tree in a pot on a balcony, fresh herbs in a hand crafted, recycled wooden vegetable box or a fully integrated, irrigated fruit forest and vegetable garden we strive to pass on the experience of connecting with nature. Studies have shown that both adults and children benefit by spending time in the garden and there is no better way to do that than with sweet, home grown fruit and veg.
Once we have established a stylistic preference, we present design options to our client and begin a continuous feedback loop between our professional team of designers and the client until we have a package that perfectly suits the client and their space. Next up our team of skilled craftsmen arrive on site. We map out the garden again taking precise measurements to ensure that the reality matches up to the dream.
All structures and hard landscaping are built to the highest specifications to ensure a quality product. We are able to institute full paving solutions for pathways, drive ways and extremal areas as well as decking using top of the range systems.
If specified we are also able to create stunning, bespoke water features. These are designed to spec and each piece is unique to the customer with the highest quality pumps and finishes.
We make sure that depleted soils are repaired and that every plant is placed to take advantage of the natural geometries. Every blade of grass, every giant tree brought in on a truck and every plant in between is selected by our team of experts and placed and planted to ensure fast, luscious growth and survival.
Our designs are fluid, functional and fabulous.
We also take special care to connect with your gardener. We are able to coach your staff and teach them exactly how to maintain their new, uplifted space. We discuss plant care, feeding and shaping as well as general maintenance and if necessary we put together a full programme entailing all the details necessary to keep your home or office garden at its peak.