My West Coast Garden

As you can see from my photos we have a long thin plot right on the beach. The site gets both the south easter and the destructive north wester. I have tried to remain faithful to the indigenous flora although I do love a pretty exotic now and again. I particularly love my daylilies. To combat the salt I water regularly washing off the salt deposit. I planted a hedge of camphor (tarchonathus camphoratus) which is hardy and indigenous. It is struggling in some places but I believe we are winning .

The use of chrysanthemoides monilifera(bietou) and also the carissa macrocarpa along the edge of the site gave shelter to the other plants while they got established. I love the wilde dagga and the confetti bushes . They didn’t grow happily in the first year but once a little shelter was established they have shown much improvement this year. The other plants that are thriving are the wild rosemary, osteospernums, gazanias, stattice, felicias, vygies and my beloved aloes. I am cultivating spekboom as part of a project for my sons school .It also grows well in this area. Regards Sue

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