Clayton Laue is a landscape designer with 19 years experience. He’s a partner at Paarman Landscapes much of whose style of design is best called ‘African Zen’. With a range of clients across Cape Town, from Hout Bay to Rondebosch, Tamboerskloof to Bantry Bay, Clayton has a loyal following now enjoying the fruits of his work.
Unwilling to say that he really does have a ‘preferred’, signature style, however his team gives each client what best suits their lifestyle and site, taking into account the prevailing wind, the view and plants in the neighbouring gardens.
A keen advocate of going ‘green’, Paarman Landscapes encourages clients to use bokashi bins (a fermentation process for waste management), compost heaps and rainwater harvesting, amongst other things.
Why do you think that Cape Town needs a Flower Show?
People today seem to have lost the ‘art of gardening’. A flower show will inspire, encourage and show people what can be done in a small space. Kids are fascinated with gardens and with growing their own plants, veggies or herbs. People are also becoming more environmentally aware and more ‘green’.
What will your Show Garden be about?
My aim is to show the reality of combining a small garden that incorporates veggies or herb boxes into the space. There will be a small deck for seating, and there will be olive and citrus trees along with pavers and gravel for a low maintenance path. I’ll create something that requires no water. There is a fun element to our garden, in that we’ll be using the South African flag as the foundation for its design.
What knowledge or experience would you like visitors to the Cape Town Flower Show to take away with them?
Hopefully visitors will go home and plant up a section of their own gardens – or even just a few pots or planters. We will have a few herbs or flowers for people to take home with them so that they can make a start!
Is there a sustainability quotient to what you do?
Yes, very much so. We aim to remove invasive species where the client will allow us. We install irrigation systems with good water management practice. We utilize sunny or shady beds for better water control. We strive to only use organic fertilizers and compost heaps.
‘Indigenous Food Garden’
Clayton’s aim is to show the reality of combining a small garden that incorporates veggie or herb boxes into the space. There will be a small deck area for seating, and there will be olive and citrus trees along with pavers and gravel for a low maintenance path. He’ll create something that requires no water. There’s a fun element in the garden: we’ll be using the South African flag as the foundation for its design.
Paarman Landscapers have won South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Gold Awards in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2009, SALI Silver Awards in 2009 and 2013 and a SALI Bronze Award in 2012. The company is a principle member of the Landscape Irrigation Association (LIA) and won its first LIA Silver Award in November 2014. Paarman Landscapers was also a Top 5 finalist in Top Billing’s 2006 “Momentum Life Awards”, and in 2011 was selected for the Top 30 “Small Business Awards” with Primedia and Cape Talk Radio.Back to The Show Gardens