Calculate backwards from your event date to work out how much time you need to get your garden looking at its best.
Go for instant colour!
Plant flowering annuals like Petunias, for quicker results – but only in strategic places (as they do require more regular watering than your other water wise plants).
If you prefer having more drought tolerant colour, opt for Gazania, Marigold, or Vygie.
Don’t wait too long to plant them, as they will still be very immature if planted too close to your event date.
To unify the general look, define the theme colours of Christmas or a birthday party in important areas as accents, eg. red Petunias and white Allysum for festive Christmas colour.
Adequate lighting is important if you are planning an evening event. For the best impact, concentrate all your plant and garden decor detail in illuminated areas.
Don’t forget about the lawn!
Yes, most gardeners’ lawns are not looking at its best now because of the drought, but don’t forget about products such as ‘Lawn Coat’: It’s a eco friendly grass paint which instantly restores the natural green colour of your lawn – perfect for those special occasions in your garden!
*Lawn coat available at Cape Garden from R129.95 (1L).
Replace ugly looking lawn:
If there’s no hope for your lawn, you can remove it and replace it with one of these more water wise options: artificial lawn, stones, pavers or a tough ground cover such as Dymondia.
Create a focal point:
Most of the time, you don’t need massive plantings of flowers or other plants to create a beautiful focal point in the garden. By simply placing an ornamental pot, a bird bath or an art piece in a strategic spot in the garden, you can have an instant feature – creating special interest in your outdoor space and giving your garden that “wow” effect.
Instead of having cut flowers on your festive table, rather go for plants – do a pretty arrangement on your table and afterward plant it in your garden. Drought tolerant succulents, like Echeveria, are very popular these days.