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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.


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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