The entrance

The first casual impression as you enter William's garden is one of disorientation. There are no sweeping lawns or avenues of trees. In fact, little if anything of what one would expect of a great garden. Besides obscure art, among other things, using recycled metal, the first grand vista is of a dry gravel covered open space with low crowded shrubs around its perimeter. Then the magic begins. Pathways meander in every direction. The fullness and luxuriance of the garden only then becomes apparent. Within his garden William has used plants both practically and artistically. His artistic abilities are not restricted to plant usage, as can be seen on these pages.

Looking up towards the house along the main entrance and driveway.

if Every month of the year there is something in [lower. Here blue agapanlhus takes the stage, as low growing Echeveria glauca var. pumila finishes its show of bell-like flowers as seen in the foreground.

f It is true to say the pathways are dry and bare looking, but the garden beds they adjoin are rich and full of colour. Foliage not flowers are the key here. (sculpture by Jon Dixon)

•i* William (seer garden advic people visit his much publicised and talked about garden in a single day.

Z Mid summer, and looking full and green. This is achieved with only sparse rainfall to rely on, adding to the uniqueness of this garden. Succulents featured here are Vucca recurvifolia (flowering) along with Echeveria glauca var. pumila, which is growing at the edge of the pathway.

? The large open space of scoria instead of lawn is deceiving in its bare dry look when the garden beds that surround it are the exact opposite. In the foreground is Sedum 'Vera Jamieson' in flower.

Spring in the garden Plant selection and usage as an art form is William's forte. Foliage colour, shape, form and texture all play a part in this artist's palette. Visitors are quickly drawn to a myriad of plant types and combinations that are not restricted by formal edges or boundaries and seem to flow naturally into the pathways.

5 They say nice sunny spring days bring out the * crowds. This must have been one of those days. The echiums in the far right of picture below and the picture on the right also attracted a lot n from dozens of butterflies.

5 They say nice sunny spring days bring out the * crowds. This must have been one of those days. The echiums in the far right of picture below and the picture on the right also attracted a lot n from dozens of butterflies.

►► Dramatic foliage combinations such as this are always a crowd pleaser. A red cordyline in the foreground with the larger silver leafed artichoke in the back.

Z Whether in a pot or not, it seems to look right. Blue Senecio mandraliscae and silver white Cotyledon orbiculata behind a potted Yucca rigida.

Succulents as art and sculpture. Cotyledon mairantha coming into flower with Agave angustifolia in the centre, with a large Furcraea species as a backdrop.

Z Whether in a pot or not, it seems to look right. Blue Senecio mandraliscae and silver white Cotyledon orbiculata behind a potted Yucca rigida.

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