Key Landscaping Trends in 2016
Trends, fashions, fads, crazes – words that some use interchangeably and which have a similar meaning. However, strictly speaking, each possesses its own subtle nuance, so they don’t all really imply an entirely identical concept.
“Craze” is often used when referring to a compelling interest which suddenly sweeps across a sector of the population. A fad is much the same, perhaps with a slightly broader following. Fads and crazes seldom last long. A trend indicates a widespread tendency. They are frequently adopted because they just make good sense, on some levels – certainly on all levels when applied to gardening and landscaping in a year of great drought – 2016.
El Niño and 2016’s Major Gardening/Landscaping Trends
During the latter part of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the periodic worldwide weather phenomenon, El Niño, has reared its rather nasty head again. In the northern hemisphere, record snowfalls, excessive rainfall and flooding have occurred.
South Africa receives the opposite conditions – extreme drought, searing heat waves and record high temperatures galore, rapidly declining water reservoir levels due to evaporation and increased usage, and nationwide water restrictions in order to conserve what little there is. In 2016, “water wise” is one of landscapers’ most recommended gardening trends.
- Become water wise in your garden and elsewhere around the home; conserve this precious resource wherever possible.
- There are various sources from which you may obtain reliable information on “going water wise”, ideally from one of our experienced landscapers or at the office of our growing wholesale nursery in Honeydew. The internet is another source of information.
- Replace species which require lots of water with plants which are better suited to dry conditions and are able to rely almost exclusively on rainfall
- Consider replacing some or most of your lawn with ground covers, with or without paving. Modern pavers are available in a multitude of styles, which combine beautifully with inter-planted ground covers, adding colour, texture and interest to the overall picture. Water-wise ground covers require minimal water or maintenance, and represent a huge saving on the water bill, electricity/fuel costs, time and effort, when compared to caring for a lawn.
- Group plants with similar water requirements together.
- Avoid watering during the heat of the day when evaporation is at its worst.
- Look for species which are indigenous to your area.
Even in temperate years, this country isn’t blessed with an abundance of water, which has led to a growing trend to plant indigenous species within gardens. Because indigenous vegetation occurs naturally, it’s well adapted to local conditions and requires minimal additional watering, if any. It’s typically water wise and low maintenance.
Your water-wise garden can be just as or more attractive than those influenced by customary planting trends, as is commonplace elsewhere. By adhering to a few simple guidelines available via our wholesale nursery and our experienced landscapers, you too can become a trendsetter with the ultimate 2016, typically South African garden, saving you heaps of money, time and effort,
Moreover, you’ll be playing a meaningful part in preserving and conserving one of your country’s most precious and essential, but scarce resources – water, without which all forms of life are unsustainable. Everything your new eco-friendly garden requires is on offer at competitive prices from us at Windy Willows, including professional landscaping services.