Love your space

PUBLISHED 17 OCT 2019   

The continuing drought, with accompanying water restrictions, has wreaked havoc on gardens.  October used to be the most beautiful month of the year.  However, for a number of years, this month has seen lower rainfall and higher temperatures - neither of which bodes well for our gardens.

A garden adds much needed relief from everyday stresses and serves to complete the look of a house - much like earrings to a lady.  It pays to invest in a well-designed garden, especially if one considers to put a property up for sale.  A neat property attracts higher prices than those that require attention or show signs of neglect.

Keeping a well-maintained garden with manicured lawn has become close to impossible.  Homeowners have started to change the way they design gardens and are turning toward desert-like waterwise gardens; characterised by strong lines, use of hardscaping and feature plants.  It seems that days are numbered for lush tropical and English styled gardens with sprawling lawns and pretty flower beds.  

Gardening with mainly indigenous, drought tolerant plants in combination with hardscaping such as artificial lawn; pebbles and pavers, can create a surprisingly colourful and low maintenance garden.  Choosing the correct plant combinations invite beneficial insects and birds to your garden.

Bloemfontein boasts a number of reputable landscape designers who can assist in the design of a garden that is more suited to the hotter drier climate.  Coping with the drought, does not mean that one has to let go of all things beautiful.  We just need to think a little differently to keep loving our space.  

For details of landscape designers that I have worked with, please e-mail retha@rethavanzyl.co.za