Attracting Garden Birds. Feeders & Beyond
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by Contours Landscapes
3M ago
Love your Garden Birds? We love birds too! March and April are excellent months to provide nesting, resting, feeding and water sites for birds in your garden. Here at Cape Contours Landscaping, we are taking some time to think about our feathered friends who add so much life and joy to our gardens. Let’s discover everything you need to know about birdfeeders and beyond and exactly what you need to do to bring birds to your garden. Autumn is usually a good time of year for the birds in your garden as many plants have gone to seed by now and are providing our garden birds with regular food. Howe ..read more
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Artificial Greening – Our Growing Range of Artificial Plants
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by Contours Landscapes
3M ago
ABOUT OUR ARTIFICIAL PLANTS Don’t let anyone fool you! Faux is the new cool! The new possibilities for using artificial plants for greening up your interior and outdoor living spaces are reaching new heights! We have been working hard developing our growing range of artificial green walling options. It is becoming very difficult to tell artificial plants from real plants. We introduce you in this blog to some of our new products in our Artificial Plants range. In addition, we will give you some tips on where best to consider using them. In our previous blog on Artificial Plants, Contours ..read more
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Spring has Sprung
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by admin
6M ago
Spring has Sprung Spring has officially sprung, and now is the time of the year to get stuck into your garden, particularly in adding new flora to your garden. This article will cover what you should be doing in your garden over the next two months as well as some suggestions of what to add to our garden. It’s starting to get warmer, yet it’s not hot yet. This means soil temperature is on the increase, which is great for new planting. There is still adequate rain to get plants settled in, yet we are almost over our heavy rainy season that can damage newly planted areas (This is obviously in re ..read more
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Bring Your Garden To Your Table – Braai Edition
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
February and March are our last two months of summer before the weather starts cooling down. Make the best of the hot weather by having a green and unique braai with family and friends, which will be sure to impress and leave life long memories. This blog will give you recipes and ideas for braai meals made with herbs as well as other edibles plants, and will also inform you of how to grow some of the mentioned herbs. I hope this blog will leave your mouth watering and your brain bursting with ideas and facts. Mixed herb fresh from the garden  Sliced lemon in a vase with mint and lavend ..read more
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Get A Jump On Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
It’s the end of the summer and temperatures are finally cooling down. Your vegetable garden may be looking a little tired with many plants having gone to flower and seed. Now is the time to do a general tidy up in your veggie patch, remove what you now longer want to make room for new plants and rotate your crops. Let look at what you need to be doing now to ensure good vegetable production through the winter and beyond. 1.Weeding Weeding your veggie garden is an ongoing task and very important. Weeds compete with your vegetables for water and food in the soil. Pull them out when they are sm ..read more
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Architectural Plants
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
Today’s blog is list of plants, shrubs and trees which can be used as architectural form plants to create an eye catching piece in your garden. By adding a couple of carefully chosen plants, trees and shrubs one can go far to increasing the appeal of your garden and adding interest and dimension. Turn dull uniform areas, into modern, jaw dropping show ‘pieces’. Strappy and sword shaped leaf plants: Phormium tenax & other Phormiums – These strappy/sword leaf, clump forming plants come in many different colours and sizes. Depending on the type and size, can be used for mass planting, plant ..read more
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Let Your Garden Shine
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
Who wouldn’t want to follow this path into the cool night air? So you’ve spent hours perfecting your garden; considered the most functional layout, the prettiest features, comfortable furniture, interesting plants, and your lawn is your personal victory. It’s such a pleasure to have such a beautiful and calm space to enjoy. Weekends with family and friends, perhaps by the pool, pets and children frolicking in the open air. Though when the sun goes down you either have to rely on the cold and dim light from the distant streetlamp or huddle beneath the single patio or wall security light if yo ..read more
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10 Tips For Saving Water
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
Having brought you water-saving tips for your Summer garden. We are featuring further tips provided by the team of House and Leisure. Advice from Ernst van Jaarsveld… Ernst van Jaarsveld’s, author of the Waterwise Gardening book, was interviewed by Kim Grove in the November issue of House and Leisure last year, we are featuring it here on our site as it is the perfect guide for those of us with indigenous gardens. It offers helpful advice on the subject of saving water and outlines the various plants that are conducive to saving water in a South African climate. HL&nb ..read more
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DIY Rain Chains
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
So what is a rain chain anyway? So what is a rain chain anyway? Rain chains were first used in commercial buildings and modern houses to get rid of the need for downpipes connected to roof gutters. Instead of the rain water being channelled down a sometimes ugly-looking downpipe, the rain runs off the roof into a gutter and then runs down a chain to the ground where it flows onto the ground into a storm water drain or into the ground, garden bed, pond or water feature. We landscapers love the fact that something drab and boring like a downpipe can become a beautiful garden feature! The DIY mo ..read more
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10 trendy landscaping plants for low-maintenance gardens you may not know of
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by Contours Landscapes
11M ago
Lately, walking through some of the residential projects installed by Contours Design Studio, I noticed some unusual plants making a regular appearance. Many of these you might not know yet, but welcome them into your garden and they will reward you with their hardy, versatile and attractive presence. Lomandra tanika – Tanika lomandra This mound-forming perennial and evergreen grass-like plant, with its fine strappy leaves and small yellow flower, spikes from April through to October and is a low-maintenance alternative to conventional lawns. It will reward you plentifully, without asking mu ..read more
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