A lawn not only de­mands wa­ter but also hard work and a lot of money. a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist from the Cape Gar­den Cen­tre, rec­om­mends a few en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly al­ter­na­tives.

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Car­pet daisy This proudly South African ground cover is indige­nous and hardy, grows rel­a­tively fast and has a neat growth habit with at­trac­tive blue-green fo­liage. It’s a tough lit­tle plant that can han­dle light traf­fic and doesn’t mind scant wa­ter. Its low growth habit makes it an at­trac­tive choice to plant be­tween pavers. Golden vy­gie The flow­ers of this vy­gie will brighten up any wa­ter-wise gar­den – you’ll have to search far and wide to find a more cheer­ful ground cover. It’s indige­nous and oc­curs nat­u­rally in the Western Cape along the west and south­west coasts. It’s es­pe­cially fond of sandy to loamy soil, and needs plenty of sun­light.

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