For those of us lucky to live in warmer climates we often need to adjust our plans…….
The choice of plants through to watering all need extra thought, I personally like a mixed garden of flowers, fruit and vegetables all growing over each other, more robust plants will give some protection to those that would simply curl up and die in the heat of summer.
Planning my landscaping a few years ago became paramount, Id purchased a large amount of plants and they all died before being planted, with some careful thinking and some great materials its not that difficult.
I chose to use a sun shade imported from Australia that was called a “koolaroo” and it cost about £50 British Pounds, they are suppost to remove 90% of the Ultra Violet Rays, I believe it, as the sun shade saved all my year one plants from the sun.
I built a waterfall that not only creates a nice sound it does add moisture to the plants nearest to it.
Just 3 years Later, the sunshade is still there and there are now a cherry and pear tree creating natural shade and the whole garden has a wonderful atmosphere including scent and color.
Last year I enjoyed grapes and oranges, tomatos, lettuce and peppers, this year I will be enjoying pears, grapes, oranges, tomatos, peppers, beans and even butternut squash. Had I not planned on plant protection I know that I would be having to buy the fruit and veg, but also my garden would be as bare as the before photo.
Many people have views on when to water, I personally water in the early morning and at night taking care to ensure that the roots get water and not just leaves, Its important not to water plants in direct sunshine unless they are wilting but then only the roots and not the leaves.