Spring Vine 2019

Spring is a season full of boundless inspiration.
It’s a time when we reconnect with our living environment – coaxed outdoors by the warmer weather and playful blooms that seem to burst to life before our very eyes.

The fusion of scents wafting on the breeze is, for many of us, the perfect incentive to get creative in the garden. Is there a corner where you enjoy sitting that could be converted into a lounge area? Perhaps a nook that could be highlighting by planting some glorious Dahlia sp.

My husband and fellow Pepo Director, James, and I have done just that – re-designing and creating our very own garden sanctuary – which is currently featured in the October edition of House and Garden magazine. We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.

 

A Balancing Act

We inherently seek balance, and beautiful garden design satisfies this yearning. Creating natural harmony, through proportion and scale is central to establishing a sense of calm. In essence, it soothes the soul.

Pepo’s landscape design professionals have identified a clear set of principles that form the basis of a perfectly balanced space – including an explanation of the coveted foundation of design – the golden ratio – and how this applies to garden planning. Click here to learn more.

 

A Good Cause

Caring for the environment and our community is important to us here at Pepo.

One of our favourite causes is The Bantu International Cultural Foundation, which supports vulnerable children and adolescents who have suffered the impact of abuse and trauma.

This not-for-profit organisation uses an Afro-Brazilian art form called Capoeira Angola, as a therapeutic intervention, which is based on martial arts, music and dance.

Join us at a fundraiser for the Foundation in Sydney on the 19th October. Enjoy a Brazilian BBQ and Afro-Brazilian dancing, while supporting our Horticulture Team Members – Joao and Pedro – who will be playing in the band on the night.

 

Introducing our plant of the season

This season’s plant is a great drought-hardy specimen that also happens to be edible!

Its botanical name is Carpobrotus glaucescens but the plant is more commonly known as ‘pigface’. The creeping succulent has a long trailing stem which puts down roots at each of its nodes. Upright leafy branches sprout from these points.

The plant’s striking deep pink daisy-like flowers can be admired in the spring and summer months and it also produces a purple berry fruit which Aboriginal people have been known to use as a food source. The juice of the leaves can also be used, to relieve pain from insect bites.

The colourful specimen can be grown from either seeds or cuttings and our team here at Pepo regularly include this versatile groundcover in our designs.

If you would like a design consultation with one of our landscape professionals, please CONTACT US and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

In the meantime, happy gardening.

 

Nicola Cameron
Director and Founder of Pepo Botanic Design

‘Designed gardens that inspire, connect and restore’