Watering early in the morning allows less water to be lost    Bulbs/Corms                                                 ...
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Creating A Water-Efficient Garden: Saving Water Is A Way of Life - Capetown, New Zealand

  1. 1. Watering early in the morning allows less water to be lost Bulbs/Corms through evaporation, Certain plants develop fungi, if watered at night, e.g. mildew on roses and zinnias or rust on lawns,Most bulbs/corms are suitable.Some of the more hardy bulbs/corms are: Watsonias, A PROPERLY DESIGNED irrigation system could save up to 30%Chinkerinchee and Knysna lily (Cytanthus), Moreas, Amaryllis, of water used. Always override your irrigation system if it rains.Freesias, Ixias, etc. Several Agapanthus species although not Encourage deep roots by watering for longer periods but lessbulbs are drought-tolerant and make excellent ground covers. often. This applies particularly to lawns. Saving water is a way of life Annuals ConclusionVery few annual plants can survive drought for long periods, It is important to realise that a water-wise garden planted now, Creating abut with MULCHING, and careful selection of the many varietiesavailable, one can have a very good display, will continue to yield benefits not only in the immediate years, but 40 or 50 years hence, when water scarcity will be even water-efficient more severe. garden Ground preparation The challenge to us all is the optimal use of water in our gardens as a way of life and the most effective means to this end is toMulching and composting have the following benefits: avail ourselves of the enormous floral wealth of indigenous plants available here in the Western Cape. conserves soil moisture and reduces evaporation of water prevents soil erosion and run-off and retains maximum water Saving water is a way of life reduces weed growth and thereby saves water absorbs heat and keeps the soil cool beneath reduces the fluctuation in temperature improves the soil condition and nutrients during compost decomposureStraw, bark chips, gravel, pebbles, exposed aggregate, nut shellsand leaves are other materials which can be used for mulching.Soil water retention is vitally important to a plant’s ability toutilise water. Try using a soil-wetting agent to help the soil retainand absorb the water which is applied to it. WateringGrey water or the water one discards in the home is oftenwasted, instead of used in the garden. Many people havedevised ways of catching bathwater and rainwater whichcan be recycled and used in the garden.During water restrictions people are only permitted to waterthe garden on a specified day (depending upon the level ofrestriction), before 10:00 in the morning or after 17:00 inthe evening. PRINTED MARCH 2006
  2. 2. Introduction Shrubs Ground coversThe water consumed from municipal connections in our towns There are many attractive drought-tolerant shrubs of Good ground covers are Lampranthus, Erigeron Osteospermumand cities for gardening purposes amounts to an estimated 36% varying sizes, shapes and textures which will provide a (especially in coastal areas), Carpobrutus and Sutera. To addof all domestic water consumed. This is a staggering amount for framework for the garden or a screen of protection for colour, try bulbine caulescens which has attractive yellowa country whose average annual rainfall is only 497 mm. more lower growing shrubs, perennials and ground covers. flowers. Gazania grows with little attention and the absoluteThe dry Cape Town summer only serves to aggravate the Successful gardens are planned, using a mixture of shrubs, minimum of water.problem of water scarcity. perennials, bulbs and climbers, with similar soil and water requirements, which will also provide you with a year-round GrassIn order to conserve water in the garden, and still have a display. Some of the many tough, attractive shrubs are:good display, plants that can withstand prolonged periods Very highly recommended buffalo grass (Stenotaphrumwithout watering should be grouped together, We, as gardeners, *Bauhinia galpinii (Pride of the Cape), *Brachylaena (good secundatum) with its broad, deep green leaves is especiallyneed to familiarise ourselves with the large variety of drought- for seaside gardens), *Buddleia, *Coprosma (mirror plant), suitable for lawns in sun or shade, requiring less water andtolerant plants which can be successfully used in our water-wise nysknjvs *Myrtus, *Ochna serrulata, *Portulacaria, *Raphiolepsis maintenance. Royal Cape, a fine grass from the Cynodon familygardens. and *Viburnum tinus. is also worth growing. Lawns generally require more water than shrubs. It would be a good idea to assess how much lawn areaBesides our large selection of indigenous plants, there is Smaller shrubs which provide a link between taller varieties and one actually needs as one’s water consumption can be reducedan extensive selection of drought-tolerant plants, which perennials because of their bushiness, can act as ground covers through using paving, gravel or aggregate, especially whereare often overlooked by gardeners when making a selection. depending on their natural growth. Try some of these drought- people frequently walk.The indigenous plants available to us have developed by nature resistant species:to cope with the dry local conditions, and are therefore infinitely Creepers and vinessuitable for a water conserving, water-wise garden. While some *Barleria, *Cistus, *Carissa, *Coleonema, *Helicchrysum,plants detailed in this leaflet are not indigenous, many are and *Rosmarinus (rosemary), *Salvia africana, *Sutherlandia, Creepers and vines can form an important aspect in any gardenyour local nursery will only be too pleased to offer further advice. *Dimorphotheca cuneata (bride’d bouquet), *Euphorbia as they can always provide a good cover for screening, pergolas(Look for the water-wise label) mauritanica, *Hermannia stricta (desert rose), *Sutera and backdrops. grandiflora, *Lavandula dentata (lavender), *Westringia variegata, *Eriocephalus (wild rosemary), and many more. Bougainvillea needs no introduction but the indigenous Trees (Cape Honeysuckle) *Tecomaria, and Plumbago are also well known. The Geranium, Pelargonium peltatum, JasminumThere are many beautifully shaped trees, such as the *Acacia Perennials and succulents multipartatum, *Gelsemium jasminoides, Senecio tamoidesKaroo, *Rhus Pendulina, *Rhus Lancea, *Dodonea Ongustifolia (canary creeper) are other examples of the potential and(sand olive), *Sysigium Cordtina, Olea (olive), *Cussonia (cabbage The following are some well-known species: attractiveness of this group.tree), etc. that are more tolerant of drier conditions, *Gerbera jamesonii (Barberton daisy), *Kniphofia uvaria (redBefore planting, check to see if you have a suitable position inyour garden to accomodate its mature size, height and shape. hot poker), *Aloes, *Gaura, *Arctotis, *Crassulas, *Euphorbia, Felicia, *Lampranthus, *Pelargoniums, *Dietes and Sanseviera. Saving water is a way of life *Indigenous *Indigenous *Indigenous

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