Monday, January 15, 2007

Creating shade.

At this time of year there's never enough shade around in urban areas. This is true for tree shade as well as shade for the soil level in the garden.
Mulching is an important part of garden maintenance, but it is really better to have plants as a living mulch where possible. This will add to the cooling air that is created by plants and help more water soak into the ground on those odd occasions that it does rain in Perth these days.

There are many useful and hardy ground covers: native plants include Myoporum parvifolium, Hemiandra pungens and various Grevilleas. Exotics include: Arctotis daisies, Mysembryanthemums, carnations, thyme, oregano and many others.

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