A cosy courtyard and tiny outside spaces can be a challenge to landscape. They need to be beautiful and inviting, whilst keeping things simple and uncluttered.
With some good garden landscaping ideas, these areas can look amazing.
Take a look at what we did with our indigenous plants to create a design idea for a courtyard garden.
We have kept the number of plant species down (only 17 out of over 800 to choose from!).
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Indigenous veld grasses are increasingly incorporated in projects by home-owners, indigenous landscapers and landscape architects.
Soft swaying grasses contrast strikingly with the solid shapes of buildings.
Apart from the aesthetic advantages, gardening with grasses has strong environmental advantages as well as solving some problematic issues in urban city landscapes.
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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).
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
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Recommended Indigenous Trees for Pools - Part Three
In this article, Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery shares several beautiful indigenous trees that are perfect for pool areas. This article is part 5 or a series of articles focussed on pool landscaping.
In this article, Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery shares several beautiful indigenous trees that are perfect for pool areas. This article is part 4 or a series of articles focussed on pool landscaping.
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