A man’s home may be his castle, but his garden is his kingdom, which is why Craig de Necker, an internationally-recognised award-winning landscape designer and his company, The Friendly Plant, offer the concept of ‘live in your garden’.Craig’s business is a full-service landscaping company that provides garden design, landscaping, plant supply, irrigation, water features, swimming pools, fire pits, patios, decking, specialised construction and what he calls ‘Designer Outdoor Spaces’. These, he says, are destinations within the garden – unique attractions such as fire pits, water features or built-in braai facilities, for example. He adds that he has been involved in the green industry since 1995, when he and his father launched a business called Plantworld. Craig indicates that The Friendly Plant was born out of a dedicated understanding of the industry and a recognition of the opportunities that were available.While the business already has five implementation teams - each with its own project manager - on the road and services a wide spectrum of clients both in South Africa and abroad, he is aiming for more. Craig explains that he wants to at least double the number of installation teams and expand the footprint into Africa, while also gaining entry into other foreign territories. He says that this business is not simply a means to an end, but rather a way of life and he plans to grow it into a household name that represents uniqueness, quality design and service excellence.