Home-grown haven

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At Wit­bos, a small nurs­ery on the R72 coastal road be­tween Port El­iz­a­beth and East Lon­don, Rhalda and Ru­lan He­u­nis spe­cialise in rare trees and plants that can with­stand windy and dry con­di­tions.

macro­carpa), spekboom (Por­tu­lacaria afra), plumbago (Plumbago au­ric­u­lata) and Cape honey­suckle (Te­coma capen­sis) are very ef­fec­tive.

Wa­ter – or rather the lack of it – is also a big con­sid­er­a­tion. For ex­am­ple, Bush­man’s River Mouth gets its wa­ter from a de­sali­na­tion plant. When you build a house here, one of the first things you have to do is in­stall an un­der­ground rain­wa­ter tank.

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