It is important to distinguish between a grass garden and a grassland garden. Grass gardens are planted up purely with grasses.
Grassland gardens, on the other hand, include indigenous veld grasses, wildflowers, bulbs, Aloes etc., and non-living elements (wood, stone and often, water).
They are full of life, with a multitude of creatures visiting and living in them. Selecting indigenous plants suitable for grasslands and meadows will result in good biodiversity (plant, animal and micro-organism).
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Running an indigenous nursery is the focus of this particular Dagbreek programme. For the past 25 years Linda De Luca, owner of Random Harvest Nursery has been growing indigenous plants of South Africa.
Starting out as simply a growing nursery, careful planning has allowed her to grow the business to what it is today - a flourishing retail indigenous nursery, tea garden and bed and breakfast accommodation.
Where the light changes, is the best place for your succulent and rock garden. It does not matter if it is a dry, and problematic area.
The creation of that special place is a labour of love, because creating mood and feeling in a garden is the same as weaving a tapestry of colours. It takes a lot of patience and planning, but don’t let that put you off.
If your space is against a wall, you could paint a desert scene that flows into your bed, especially if your rockery is too small to plant a large Aloe.
Recommended Indigenous Trees for Pools - Part Two
Random Harvest Retail Indigenous Nursery
Recommended Indigenous Trees for Pools - Part Three
Recommended Indigenous Trees for Gardens with Swimming Pools - Part Four
Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery
Recommended Indigenous Trees for Pools - Part Five
I am regularly asked to recommend trees for around a swimming pool. Most people ask for an evergreen tree.
I would like to make an argument for deciduous trees. Remember that although trees may be evergreen they do drop the old leaves and grow new ones and this is an ongoing process throughout the year, while a deciduous tree drops all its leaves in a short space of time.
Succulents have been described as the “retro” plants of today - with shapes, colours and textures that fit in well with the modern, simple style of décor and home design.
As gardening takes on a more environmentally conscious approach, aspects such as water conservation and wildlife gardening are incorporated into the design.
Whether you have or would like to install a more conventional rock garden or something more modern, here are some tips for creating a beautiful succulent garden.
Water Conservation Gardening - Display by Heather Balcomb and Linda De Luca
Water Conservation Gardening is the wise use and management of any water in the garden, particularly rain water. Ideally our gardens should not let a drop of water leave our property - be it a home or business park, or shopping area.
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