Planting water-wise shade trees will allow you to plant less water-wise plants underneath them. Their shade will allow you plant plants that would otherwise lose too much water in direct sunlight. Trees that are available to suit this purpose include Cussonia spicata, Erythrina caffra and Syzigium cordatum.
Apart from using the right plants you can employ other strategies that will reduce your water use even further. You can increase the water-holding capacity of your soil by adding compost and decrease evaporation from your soil by adding mulch and groundcovers. Reducing the size of your lawn and only watering during the early morning and late afternoon also reduces the amount of water your garden uses.
We have the right plants and advice at New Plant Nursery to help your garden stay beautiful through this dry season.
May you have a wonderful week
The New Plant Team