If you are looking for some new ideas for your garden, then Londolozi’s Landscape Artist – Kenneth Jazi – has some great tips for our readers as we move into spring.
Although Kenneth’s tips are specific to indigenous South African gardens, the principles can be applied to all gardens. By the way, 1 – 7 September is Arbor Week in South Africa – so join in and add a couple of indigenous trees to your garden.
Here are some of Kenneth’s tips for creating a bushveld garden this spring:
- Add Texture
Create interest and colour by adding a variety of textures to your garden. Stones and rocks of different sizes and colours are great fillers. Practically they help to create areas that look neat and – as long as you include a weed underlayment – stones are a great solution to combatting weeds. Kenneth also uses old tree trunks, large rocks, stone walkways and pots to create his lowveld gardens.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Focus on a Single Family
Visitors to Pioneer Camp’s suite one will have seen the incredible (we’re talking one-of-a-kind) aloe garden that Kenneth has created along the walkway. The garden consists of six species of aloes, all different sizes and shapes. Interestingly, apart from a handful of euphorbias in-between, there are no other plant species in Kenneth’s aloe masterpiece. “Don’t be afraid to showcase one family in an area of your garden”, says Kenneth. “When it’s done properly, it’s a beautiful and distinctive feature.”
- Know Your Screening Plants
At a lodge, we use plants to create privacy, as well as to screen buildings that are not part of the guest experience. These are plants that fill out and, at home, they can be used along walls, or along fences. They can also be used as “fillers” – kind of like the “bulk” that is sometimes used along borders. Some can even be used as hedges. Kenneth uses a lot of the indigenous plumbago, dovialus caffra and strelitzia along Londolozi’s pathways.
- Add a Couple of Lowveld Classics to Your Garden
Remember that if you invest in aloes, they enjoy sunlight, as well as soil that is well drained. Below are three more bushveld plants that are great for indigenous gardens.
As a final tip, for gardeners who would like to attract more birdlife to their indigenous gardens, Kenneth recommends the following trees: 1) cape fig; 2) tassel-berry tree and 3) live-long tree.
Which indigenous trees and plants would you recommend planting during Arbor Week? And will you be planting any yourself? We would love your advice – please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. You are also welcome to leave any questions that you may have for Kenneth.