Our idea is to cater for various kinds of customers, for example, our waterwise groundcover trays of 128 cavities are perfect for complex entrances or estate centre islands or roadside pavement gardens, or landscapers who deal with these kinds of waterwise landscapes.
We are of the opinion that succulent plants are the future of gardening in Southern Africa and all areas of the planet that have issues with water!
These tough (normally indigenous) drought tolerant / waterwise plants are built to withstand minimal water. They are designed in a way that they lock the water into their stems and leaves. And, in fact, they are survival experts, because they can go many months without soil or water! Eventually the entire world will have to grow succulent plants in their gardens to save on water.
It is only a matter of time before governments enforce restrictions on watering of gardens… time to enter the world of the amazing succulent plants!
The story of the Eddie Tshisimba Labyrinth is a long and winding one, but in essence this Labyrinth represents our struggle in building this nursery and is dedicated to Eddie Tshisimba (our Site Manager who died in a car accident with his mother and 1yr old son on 24 Dec 2012.)
But, the reason may be a funny one to those who care to listen, our nursery possibly grew too quickly, we amassed around 100,000 plants in a very short space of time (with our 30 staff), so quickly in fact, that we had to retrench most of our staff before we were even open to the public!
So, with alot less staff, and the fact that in the first couple years we used to water by hand (because our irrigation wasn’t installed yet), some less hardy plants started to diminish (or even wither away!)
Over time, you can imagine with the harsh highveld climate, that we would suffer even more losses. This was very evident when we finally got to installing our irrigation and plants were piled up on top of each other while the trenches were being dug and the pipes and sprayers installed!
Succulent plants are perfect for all garden sizes, from small gardens normally found in complex units to large plots where watering is not very easy.
Most succulent plants grow slowly, so they are quite easily managed, and give you a long lasting garden design that will keep it’s shape!
The beauty about using succulent plants in your small garden designs is that, once established, you only need water your garden once-a-week!
In fact, in the wetter months you don’t have to water at all, so you have peace-of-mind that your garden will continue growing whether you remember to water it or not! Once you go succulent, you never go back!