The name La Motte is synonymous with wine. However, instead of only stopping in at the cellars, why not carry on down the pathway and pay a visit to the gorgeous garden at this celebrated wine estate outside Franschhoek?
A lush garden is not unexpected on a historic estate where the first vines were planted way back in 1752 – but at La Motte, the gardeners along with Jaco Visser who is responsible for its upkeep are hard at work making the garden more indigenous.
Jaco says, ‘We’ve largely replaced the exotic plants with indigenous beauties and we’ve planted many more trees.’
Colour plays a vital role in the choice of plants. Because the estate’s colour is red, flowers in all the different shades of red are seen throughout. Plants have been deliberately selected so there’s something in bloom the whole year round.
Look out for Cape honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis ‘Rocky Horror’), Watsonia angusta and red bushviolet (Barleria repens ‘Rosea’).
These are some of the scenes you’ll see on your walk:
Source: Home magazine