The project was started on 3 April 2016 with a plan to convert the lifeless, shady area under the London Plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) into a green and waterwise garden.
The first job involved raising the canopy of the London Plane (we could not remove it) and clean up the two lovely Firethorns to remove dead wood and also raise their canopies. This has allowed the light to penetrate much further into the garden area, although much of it is still quite shaded and very dry.
The whole project took up a large area of about 100m² and therefore required the addition of a substantial network of paths for viewing and maintenance of the garden.
We did manage to hit another municipal water pipe that was a laid mere 6cm below the surface! Very frustrating and time-consuming!
For a full picture diary of the garden please see the below.
This project involved a large area of about 100m² and therefore required a substantial number of plants. Here is a list of the majority of plants we have used and a count of how many went in, however, over time this will change as we get new plant donations that can help diversify the area.
|1||Tree Aloe (Aloe barbarae)|
|1||Monkey Thorn (Acacia galpinii)|
|1||Forest Bushwillow (Combretum kraussii)|
|162||Krantz Aloe (Aloe arborescens)|
|238||Porkbush (Portulacaria afra)|
|49||Barberton Senecio (Senecio barbertonicus)|
|3||African Lily (Agapanthus praecox subsp. praecox)|
|194||Yellow Wild Iris (Dietes bicolor)|
|27||Weeping Anthericum (Chlorophytum saundersiae)|
|67||Snake Flower (Bulbine frutescens)|
|24||Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus textilis)|
|280||Variegated mondo grass (not an indigenous plant, but we needed something to temporarily fill a gap)|
|1,049||Total plants (and counting)|
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