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Water wise entrance garden ideas

The most important thing to consider is visibility as one would not like to be responsible for an accident. Stick to low growing succulent plants which are colourful, waterwise and low maintenance. One can achieve a colourful entrance garden as there are many succulents with various shaped leaves and colourful leaves, Remember to plant with good compost and organic fertilizer and mulch well after planting to retain the moisture in the soil.Some plant suggestions are:

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Seed Bombs

Now is the time to start preparing your seed bombs. Take 2 parts of compost and 1 part of clay and your chosen seeds. I would choose a mix of water wise, colourful shrubs and ground covers to brighten up ugly areas that you often drive past. Mix in some water and and form into bombs. Dry slowly, out of the sun and start planning your bombing sites. I would wait until after the first rains before distributing them. Enjoy the fruit of your labour when they germinate and ultimately when they flower. They will be a joy to birds, bees and fellow travellers.
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Indigenous groups of waterwise plants

There are several ways that plants are adapted to being waterwise. 1.Succulents are the first to come to mind. Consider plants like Aloes, Bulbine, Cotyledons, Portulacarya and Crassula families. 2. Some plants have a wax layer which prevents transpiration. Think of Grewia occidentalis and Jasminum multipartitum. 3. Families of small, needle-like leaves like the Agathosma, Coleonema and The Erica species. 4. Bulbs like Cyrtanthus, Scadoxus, Gladiolus, Gloriosa and those with tuberous roots like Kniphofia, Crinums and Dietes.
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Indigenous plants for Rooftop Gardens

There are many advantages of green roofs other than just looking good. They help to stop the rain gushing down and therefor stop storm water runoff as well as keeping the building cooler indoors. The benefit to humans and animals is that the plants process the carbon dioxide from vehicles and produce oxygen, without which we would not live. They retard fires and help to reduce both noise and air pollution. Once planted up, they will require watering or irrigation until such time as the plants have established themselves.
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