Spanish Garden Design

For Ludwig’s Roses by Emma Brown Beautiful pines, graceful ferns, and sun-soaked piazzas make the Spanish garden one of the most serene and blissful, crafted to make the most of the generous sun but with graceful interludes of shade. A delicate blend of open spaces, cool sanctuaries and artfully balanced detail and simplicity, it’s one of […]

Cottage Garden

The cottage garden is a distinct style of garden that uses an informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, the cottage garden depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure and is homely and functional. Modern-day cottage gardens include countless regional and […]

Victorian Garden Design

Garden design and layout have undergone many changes over the years, but formal gardens, particularly rose gardens, can still be seen in many parks, mostly in Europe. And formal design still shapes many private gardens, even within a larger, less formal structure. Eclectic Victorian landscape design made use of roses in every form, whether climbing, […]

Gallery of Private Rose Gardens

A gallery of private rose gardens from all corners of Southern Africa. Vivienne Black’s rose adorned garden: a true rose garden raging with blooms on entering the driveway and beddings closest to the house. Predominant colours are pinks, purples and whites. Visit her garden…   Palmiet, Grabouw – Wanda Molteno. One of the oldest gardens […]

Vivienne Black

Here is Vivienne’s story, in her own words, about her love affair with roses: “I fell head over heels in love with roses when I went on a rose tour organised by Ludwig’s to Italy and Bulgaria about five years ago. In Bulgaria we went into the fields where the Damascene roses were growing. We […]

Climbing Roses

The Climbers:  They produce long climbing shoots and must be supported and tied to a fence, wall or pergola. To achieve the best display, the annual shoots must never be pruned or shortened, but, if possible, tied in a horizontal line. At pruning time it is advisable to remove some of the older branches from […]

Companion plants

Companion plants are grown for various reasons – they can provide year-round interest in their own right, flower at the same time as the roses, or fill in-between rose flushes. These plants need to be well behaved, have a non-invasive root system, and not ‘flop’ on their neighbours.          Sage, lavender, scented […]