South Africa is considered a dry country, with an average rainfall of less than 500mm per annum. When every drop counts, responsible water usage should thus be a fundamental element considered when it comes to your garden design.
Becoming an environmentally responsible, eco-friendly and water-wise gardener is not as difficult as you might imagine and hence why more South African gardeners are adding indigenous plants, shrubs and trees to their gardens, giving renewed and valuable meaning to gardening’s ‘green fingers’. Something we, at Bokashi Bran®, are very passionate about.
The Benefits of an Indigenous Garden
Indigenous plants are often drought-tolerant and cope extremely well in warm and hot conditions.
Indigenous plants are very low maintenance, hardy and use far less water as they have adapted to survive under the natural rainfall conditions.
Due to their adaptive nature, indigenous plants are more likely to have an increased resistance to local insects and diseases that often attack other plants.
Most indigenous plants are richer in nectar which means that they will attract more local species of birds, butterflies and insects to your garden, which not only further enhances your gardens beauty but better helps to sustain the health and prosperity of the environment too.
Over and above indigenous gardens being wonderful in a multitude of ways, many of South Africa’s indigenous plants have also been discovered to contain unique properties which are used to develop life-enhancing medicines.
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