Title: Coastal Gardening in South Africa
Author: Allan Haschick
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2014
ISBN 9781432301675 / ISBN 978-1-4323-0167-5
Hardcover, 21 x 24, 160 pages, 230 colour photographs
South Africa is blessed with a long, often idyllic, coastline. Many people call it home, while many others make the most of the coastal lifestyle for a few weeks each year. But, whether you live and work in a coastal town or village, have chosen to spend your retirement years there, or are fortunate enough to own a holiday home, living 'beside the sea' is both a pleasure and a privilege. The mild coastal climate and usually clement weather are a bonus, but the beautiful surroundings, breathtaking views, gorgeous sunrises or sunsets, and proximity to the ocean or a river mouth are what draw people towards the coastal lifestyle. And then, inspired by the natural environment, we inevitably want to refine, enhance and beautify our homes and our gardens.
Allan Haschick has lived in the Eastern Cape all his life and, for over twenty years, has been helping gardeners choose suitable plants and find ways to solve the problems associated with gardening at the coast. Sea breezes, salt-laden winds, poor soil and brack water are just some of the challenges that coastal gardeners face, but once you overcome these obstacles, you'll find that it is possible to create a stunning garden that meets your needs and enhances your home. It may take careful planning, a bit of effort, and time, but the end result will be worth it. Although there are gardening books covering almost every topic, there is not much practical information on how to approach gardening at the coast.
The coastal environment
Living the coastal lifestyle
The importance of soil
Landscaping and construction solutions
Choosing the right plants
Directory of plants for specific purposes