Most properties have a corner or alleyway where absolutely nothing will grow – like th is long , narrow space in a reader’s garden.
It ets hot afternoon sun but a section of it also gets lots of shade because of a tree on the adjacent property.
In addition, the soil is hard and barren, and the vibracrete wall, as well as the neighbour’s Wendy house behind it, are unsightly. We propose two graden project solutions!
Example of garden project number 1: For the kids
When your kids are little, an entertainment area near the stoep is ideal so you can keep an eye on them while they play.
Place a table and chairs at the top of the garden and build or place a bench against the vibracrete wall; add a structure over the seating area and plant a star jasmine or climbing rose to conceal it. Cover the rest of the boundary wall with granadilla, star jasmine and tickey creeper.
Use good quality artificial grass for the entire area. It will be able to handle lots of little feet and it will create a green area that requires no water or maintenance.
THE REST OF THE GARDEN
Kids love a sandpit and jungle gym with a swing. Place them as close as possible to the boundary wall to create a larger play area.
Plant lemon and other citrus trees; trim them regularly to fit the space. Build planter boxes for more planting space and fill them with good soil.
Make sure the boxes against the house are watertight so they don’t create damp problems inside your house. Fill them with your favourite flowers, herbs and veggies.
Remove the pavers around the existing pomegranate and plant roses and perennials to create a cheerful flowerbed.
Frame these beds with Echeveria hybrids.
Example of garden project number 2: Invite your friends over!
The existing stoep on the side of the house is too small to entertain properly.
We recommend that the stoep be extended into this narrow strip to provide more space for socialising.
For the sake of continuity, he suggests that the homeowners use the same surface as the existing floor for the new section of the stoep.
A pergola is the perfect solution for providing shade.
Plant a deciduous creeper, such as a grapevine, a climbing rose or wisteria to cover the structure – this ensures shade in summer and a lovely sunny spot in winter.
Hang a pretty chandelier on the pergola to give it character, or hook up solar- powered Consol jars for lighting.
With a built-in bench – consider mosaic for the backrest – and freestanding chairs, this stoep will be the perfect place to hang out!
Add a small water feature next to the vibracrete wall.
This will immediately draw the eye and the sound of water will enhance an atmosphere of tranquillity.
Place latte or trellises all along the vibracrete walls as a support for climbers.
The plants will not only cover the unsightly wall but also provide privacy – if the structure is raised above the height of the wall, it will also hide the Wendy house.
THE REST OF THE GARDEN
Steps lead you from the stoep down to the next level.
Pave this section with square pavers or bricks of your choice. Place a table here – just make sure it can withstand wind and the elements.
Plant a lemon tree in each corner of this lower section and trim off the lower branches of the trees to create a planting area for herbs and vegetables underneath.
Keep the trees fairly small and neatly trimmed in keeping with the size of the space.
There is enough sun and light here for these plants to thrive, even though the neighbour’s tree is casting a lot of shade.
Put up metal shelves under the Windows and display terracotta pots filled with succulents.
They need little water and the window garden will soften the long, bare wall of the house.
Remove the paving around the existing pomegranate and plant grass as a play area for the kids in this sunny corner. You can even put up a jungle gym.
Garden plan 2 | 1 Bench with mosaic backrest 2 Extended stoep and pergola with Grape (Vitis vinifera) or Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) 3 Latte covered with tickey creeper (Ficus pumila), star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) and/or Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) 4 Water feature 5 Lemon trees (Citrus limon ‘Eureka’) with the homeowners’ choice of herbs and veggies beneath 6 Granadilla (Passiflora edulis) 7 Succulents such as Echeveria hybrids for the window garden 8 Jungle gym 9 Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) 10 Gazebo11 Leopard tree (Caesalpinia ferrea) 12 Sandpit
DIMENSIONS 50 sm
SOIL LAND EXPOSURE north-west
DISTINCTIVE SEATS garden project for the famaly
LOCATION Landscape design Abu Dhabi
Also read: Understanding a landscape design plan