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A South African Wine Estate Garden

By west London based garden designer Jonathan Snow. Jonathan’s inspiration for his Trailfinders Garden is the Winelands of the Western Cape of South Africa.

A South African Wine Estate Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by west London based garden designer Jonathan Snow

Jonathan’s plant list is quite extensive with around 300 species and cultivars, but perhaps the most interesting plants are the fynbos plants that are endemic to South Africa. Fynbos is the name given to the hard leaved (sclerophyllous) shrub and heathlands found in the coastal plains and mountains of the southwestern and southern Cape. The name is derived from the Dutchword fijnbosch meaning fine leafed bush and refers to the scrubby, treeless landscape that early Dutch settlers complained about when trying to find suitable timber for construction.

A South African Wine Estate Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by west London based garden designer Jonathan Snow

Fynbos is the major component of the Cape Floristic Region, by far the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms. Fynbos has very high species diversity with more than 7000 species crammed into just 46 000 square kilometres. More than two-thirds of Fynbos species are found nowhere else on earth. In an area of recurring fire and wind, and thriving on free draining, acidic and nutrient-poor soils,fynbos can be grouped into four major growth forms: tall protea shrubs with large leaves (proteoids); heath-like shrubs (ericoids) including ericas as well as all the other needle leafed species such as buchus, blombos and serrurias; wiry reed like plants (restioids) and bulbousherbs (geophytes).

A South African Wine Estate Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by west London based garden designer Jonathan Snow

The show garden boasts a selection of fynbos from all of the four growth groups listed above including mimetes cucullatus, rhodocoma capensis, erica mamosa andgladiolus debilis.

A South African Wine Estate Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by west London based garden designer Jonathan Snow

Plant list

Fynbos staple plants

Erica canaliculata
Elegia tectorum
Thamnochortus insignis
Elegia capensis

 

Fynbos plants being sourced

Agapanthus africanus
Lampranthus roseus
Euryops pectinatus
Carpobrotus edulis
Salvia aurea
Felicia amelloides 'Felicitara Blue'
Senecio mandraliscae
Rhodocoma gigantea

 

Fynbos plants currently being raised from seed

Berkheya multijuga 'Golden Spike'
Hibiscus trionum
Zaluzianskya capensis
Polygala virgata

 

Bulbs

Ornithogalum nutans
Sparaxis tricolor
Lachenalia orchiodes var glaucina
Bulbine frutescens
Gladiolus carneus
Tulbaghia violacea
Athyrium vidalii
Ornithogalum dubium
Gladiolus tristis
Babiana stricta

 

Homestead plants

Nepeta x faassenii
Allium 'Gladiator'
Anethum graveolens
Iris 'Jane Phillips'
Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'
Helichrysum petiolare
Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride'
Libertia grandiflora
Dierama pulcherrimum
Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest'
Ammi majus
Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus
Gladiolus x colvillii 'The Bride'
Astrantia 'Buckland'
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
Bupleurum falcatum
Gladiolus tristis
Verbena hastata f. rosea
Rosa 'Saint Ethelburga'
Ridolfia segetum
Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'

 

Homestead climbers and hedging

Myrtus communis
Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk'
Vitis vinifera