The shortage of rain in the Western Cape over the last few months has had wide ranging effects on all areas of our lives. Needless to say, it has also taken its toll on our gardens! Well done if you have managed to make the transition to a drought-tolerant garden! Drought-tolerant gardens, however, require a different approach to maintenance and upkeep, and we have provided a few key tips for you below:

Mow frequently, but lightly; cut grass at a higher level than usual to boost deeper roots and therefore higher drought tolerance.

  • Use permeable, hard landscaping surfaces which allows water to penetrate the soil instead of running off. Examples could include gravel for pathways and/or paths of stepping stones inter-planted with low water-usage ground covers, small pebbles, or gravel.
  • It is preferable to replace lawns with water-wise plants.
  • We advise that you use a gel polymer when planting to retain water.

So, which plants are best to use in a water-wise garden?

  • Those which have fine hairs on their leaves and stems.
  • Those with waxy cuticles, and mainly on the leaves.
  • Bulbs and tubers.
  • Those which are dormant at certain times of the year.
  • Those which have smaller-sized leaves and leaf shapes.
  • Those which have fleshy leaves, such as