Diepsloot is a densely populated township that is located within the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This location is mainly made up of informal settlements and government subsidised houses. The surrounding areas of the township of Diepsloot are the newly developed suburb of Dainfern, Chartwell and Steyn City. These are the areas that we will be referring to due to the lack of professional architects within the Diepsloot area. These areas are thriving with landscaping opportunities for professional architects.
This term is used for the professionals that specialise in the art and creation of landscaping designs. Under the professional, there is a team of skilled labourers that are commonly known as landscaping workers, who do all the physical work like helping installing landscape elements using specialised equipment and installation techniques. The workers can be seen planting plants, flowerbeds, bushes, and trees, and will also install grass lawns, and even the more technical jobs like assembling and installing sprinklers.
A landscape architect is the above mentioned professional who coordinates the landscaping workers to deploy the various jobs and projects needed. Landscape architects are some of the top of the line for knowledge and running landscape projects. The landscape architect is also very skilled in many aspects of the outdoor environment. They are especially skilled in perfecting the art of harmonising a home or office or any building with the natural elements that surround a space. A landscape architect is usually hired to focus on the larger, and more commercial developments. They are also called in or hired for projects such as private family homes, game reserves, or even private resorts.
The first and probably the most important rule of gardening in any country, especially a flora dominated country such as South Africa, is to plant indigenous plants. These are the plants that naturally occur in this country, and they are even region specific depending on the exact location. Some great ideas for starting an indigenous garden before the professionals come in, are to plant the following plants:
This is a stunning yet delicate tall flowering plant, that is great in any kind of garden. This plant grows best in a sunny position, making sure that the soil it is planted in is well turned and can be drained. This plant comes in three colours, dark pink, white and light pink.
This dainty yet lively flowering plant is a burst of freshness in any home garden. This plant usually has bright yellow flowers that look identical to their name, a buttercup. Most notably made famous from the original ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as Willy Wonka fills his buttercup with a drink, and takes a sip from it.
Another great tip for a self starting garden is to get plants that are in season all year round. This is a great way to keep your plants working hard to bloom, germinate and spread over time. These plants are amazing additions to the South African garden, as they need little attention all year round just a little extra water in summer and some more sunlight in winter. Some examples of these plants are:
These are famous for surviving extreme winters, and flower through them all. They are fast growing plants that spread to lengths of at least 1m x1m x1m. It is recommended that they are planted in semi shade or in full sun.
This is an evergreen plant that is water wise and is the province of KwaZulu Natal’s floral emblem. These do well in either sun or shade, and they have striking orange and blue flowers that bloom every month of the year. Something that is very important too is that they attract birds as well as butterflies. This is always a good thing.