Bold and Beautiful
Bold and Beautiful
Tired of drab? Everything is so
“correct”, even harmonises, but the picture is not perfect? Add some
drama, bring in some colour and surprise yourself as well as the Joneses
A great garden doesn’t have to be full of flowering
colour. Foliage with a wide range of shapes and colours is another way to
add appeal to any garden. Nature is not timid – it offers everything on a
platter. Revamp corners of the garden where plants have served their
purpose and lifetime. Don’t waste precious water on keeping old plants
alive and trying to make them look good. Rip out, discard and
prepare the soil afresh.
Contrasting colours can be used with great effect to
make your garden glow. Consider your winter and summer temperature and
select plants accordingly.
plants are all water wise, drought - and cold tolerant:
* Ipomoea batatas
(ornamental sweet potato) some
with apple green foliage, black, purple, red, tri-colour.
* Phormium (New Zealand
Flax) striped green, wine red.
* Ornamental grasses such as
and Ophiopogon ‘Black Dragon’.
* Dark- or striped leaf
* Heuchera (shade tolerant
as well).Ipomoea batatas
Can you imagine the effect if you add lower growing
plants in the foreground with soft-grey foliage such as Curry bush or
Artemesia? Beautiful for shady spots are Coleus and Plectranthus Mona
Love succulents? Sedum and Crassula have the most
amazing colours and shapes.
Revamp old pots or
perhaps a garden bench by painting it cheerful colours. The same can be
done with affordable cement balls in various sizes. Toy with pebbles in
terra cotta, charcoal and white.
Add some humour with garden ornaments, aka “kinky kitsch”!Water
restrictions is not the end of the road!
* Use a fertilizer high in
potassium such as Efekto’s 3:1:5 to encourage strong, deep root growth for
optimal use of available water.
* Apply surface mulch around
plants and in bare soil areas.
* Avoid excessive watering,
this makes plants lazy and results in a shallow, poorly developed root system.
* Zone irrigation systems to
water plants grouped - where possible by their water use and soil type.
* Increase mowing height of
lawns to allow grass to develop deeper root systems.
* Control all weeds that
* Watering cans help
minimize water wastage.Maria NelFerreira’s Garden
Cell: 081 124 0288