World Water Day

World Water Day (22 March) is a day for us to celebrate water, help tackle the water crisis and to inform others about water-wise practices!

As a country that has recently experienced - and is still experiencing in some areas - a devastating drought, it is now more than ever that we need to be water conscious, learn more about water wise principals and prepare for how we manage water in the future.

As such we share with you the ins and outs of our 2017 Garden Design Show garden; 'Game of Zones' with inspiration and practical implementation for any garden...

 

'Game of Zones'

Game of Zones is a garden that encompasses aspects relating to water wise practices such as water harvesting, irrigation techniques, plant grouping and water-friendly hard landscaping.

The design is based on a graceful free flowing curve that follows the irregular lines of the garden boundary. Central to the design is a dry river bed that morphs into a succulent Alpine-like mound and grassy swathe on the one side and shrubbery, grasses and fynbos on the other. Each of these spaces defines a planting zone based on the water needs of the plants, broadly classed as high, medium or low - ensuring that plants are watered according to their needs and no more than is necessary.
 
Extensive use is made of gravels that allow water through the garden floor surface and add to the aesthetics of harmony, texture and rhythm.
 
A water harvesting tank is visually supported by elegantly curving buttressed trellis work instead of being hidden so that a feature is made out of a practicality. Additionally, a drip-irrigation system is installed to assist in watering effectively and to ensure a water saving environment.

World Water Day

Extensive use is made of gravels that allow water through the garden floor surface and add to the aesthetics of harmony, texture and rhythm.
 
A water harvesting tank (available in various sizes from Lifestyle Home Garden Mica) is visually supported by elegantly curving buttressed trellis work instead of being hidden so that a feature is made out of a practicality. Additionally a drip-irrigation system (Netafim dripperline available at Lifestyle Home Garden Mica) is installed to assist in watering effectively and to ensure a water saving environment.

This lovely garden is living proof that any garden can employ attractive and conscientious design that considers the environment, whilst also adding aesthetic appeal!

A very interesting read to put it all into perspective:

Water Wise Gardening - Where are we? 
https://www.theindigenousgardener.co.za/single-post/2017/03/13/Water-wise-Gardening---Where-are-we