Coastal Gardening in South Africa, by Allan Haschick
Horticulturalist Allan Haschick has just released his first book, Coastal Gardening in South Africa. This much overdue book covers all aspects of coastal gardens, with all its challenges, as well as providing up to date plant lists and a host of practical gardening tips.
(...) Conditions along the South African coast vary from the tropical heat of northern Kwazulu-Natal, via the turbulent Wild Coast, to the cool, wet winters of the southwestern Cape and the arid, windswept plains of the West Coast. But, despite the differences from one side of the country to the other, these areas are all affected by a common factor: the sea. Proximity to the sea means persistent winds, airborne salt, poor soil conditions, seasonal rain, humidity, and more, all of which have to be addressed when it comes to planning your garden. The key is local understanding, because the specific conditions you encounter will point to what plant material you should choose in order to achieve a successful coastal garden. Garden centres and nurseries offer a huge selection of plants and it can be overwhelming to try and select just what you need. Even a small garden can have different zones: one bed may be sheltered from the wind, while an adjacent bed receives the brunt of it. With the right plants, though, both areas could flourish. For this reason, I've provided lists of plants to help you make the best choices for different gardening situations. Whether you're looking for shrubs that grow in shade, or ground covers to anchor sandy soil, you'll find plant recommendations for all your needs. Living at, or near, the coast also has lifestyle implications. How you utilise your garden and outdoor spaces has a direct influence on your choice of plants as well as your landscaping and garden layout. Windbreaks, terraces and slopes, views, access to the beach, and waterwise planting are all pertinent to gardening at the coast, and you might have to consider any, or all, of them in your garden plan. Gardening is seasonal: plants grow, produce flowers, seeds or fruit, and go dormant, at different times of the year. I have included a seasonal 'to-do' section to help you remember what chores you need to tackle within the coastal context; important if you have a holiday home in another climate zone. At the coast, the seasons take on their own rhythm, and the challenge is to schedule tasks for just the right time. Throughout the book, I have tried to identify challenges and problems, explain how they affect gardening at the coast, and offer practical solutions. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned gardener who lives to get your hands into the soil, are satisfied with planting a few shrubs now and then, or are starting out and keen to learn, you are bound to encounter wilting plants, unwanted pests, or rampant invaders from time to time. I hope that Coastal Gardening in South Africa will provide you with answers to all your gardening issues. We all have our own definition of what constitutes a garden: shrub-filled pots on the patio, a perfectly manicured lawn edged with neat beds, an artfully 'natural' landscape... But, whatever form your garden takes, there is no doubt that it will bring endless joy and richness to your life. Whether you relish spending hours each week tending your plants, or can only set aside a few days a year to tidy up the garden at your holiday home, your outdoor space should be a reflection of your needs; enhancing your family's lifestyle and making the most of our wonderful climate. Whether you prefer a flourish of bold colours, shapes and textures, or a informal look that merges harmoniously with the environment, I hope this book will inspire you to create a garden that fulfills your vision.
This is an excerpt from the book: Coastal Gardening in South Africa, by Allan Haschick.
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
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