Alice Spenser-Higgs
3 minute read
14 Mar 2020
12:06 pm

Combine roses and grasses for a modern look in the garden

Alice Spenser-Higgs

Autumn is a good time to plant roses. They still flower before winter and will be well-established by October for the first flush.

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There is nothing conventional about the rose gardens designed by Pretoria landscaper, Helét van Blerk of Gorgeous Gardens. To complement the ultra-modern architecture of today’s homes, she combines roses and swathes of ornamental grasses, creating gardens full of movement, texture and the timeless beauty of roses in full bloom. “It started with clients who had a modern home, so I needed to incorporate roses without it looking like a traditional rose garden,” said Van Blerk. She opted for grasses among the roses and was thrilled by the “whimsical” result. “Grasses are very fashionable, and I love using them because they...