Category Archives: Landscaping styles

Soundscaping, the acoustics of landscaping

The crunching of gravel, the rustling of palms in the wind, the early morning chirping of birds and sound of falling water all contribute to the soundscape of a garden. Noise pollution can be a massive issue in buzzing metropolises. Landscape architects often rely on vegetation to absorb the effects of noise pollution by planting…
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Spring cleaning: preparing your garden for spring

Have you noticed that chill in the air slowly beginning to fade? Finding that bundling up under all those blankets at night suddenly feels a little too toasty? That's right, winter is finally on the way out, making room for the ever-so-lovely spring months and replacing all those dreary greys with a much warmer, brighter…
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Hexagons, honeybees and gravel paving.

World Honey Bee Day BERA Gravel Fix® draws inspiration from the hexagonal shape of the honeycomb. Through the honey bees incredible work ethic and years of evolution this industrial insect has perfected the honeycomb. The 18 August 2018, is World Honey Bee Day, and at BERA we decided to celebrate these insect architects. After all,…
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South African landscaping trends for 2018

The art of landscaping is constantly evolving with the times, and, in South Africa in particular, there is not just a necessity for landscaping design to stay on trend with aesthetic considerations, but to incorporate practical, water-wise solutions. So, in order to keep you in the know on the contemporary landscaping landscape, we’re looking at…
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Is a ‘green wall’ more than an aesthetic feature?

In recent years, as the need for environmentally-conscious design and architecture has grown, so too has the popularity of ‘green walls’ in both home and commercial spaces. The definition of a green wall can vary widely, and no, it doesn’t simply imply a wall with coat of green paint! Occupying either interior or exterior wall…
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How to create a South African succulent garden

Too long has the succulent garden been dominated by an oasis of exotic Echeveria. As a South African landscaping company we are thirsty for an indigenous planting palette and feeling a bit hangover from all tequila-brewing cactuses. [caption id="attachment_6164" align="alignnone" width="650"] Exotic desert roses © Selena N. B. H.[/caption] Life Landscapes has decided to explore…
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Coastal landscaping with indigenous beach-dwelling flora

Much like gardening, salt water can provide a cure for almost anything, or at least at Life Landscapes we think so. However, these two therapeutic past-times don’t mix well. The ocean has been an endless source of stories, adventure and turmoil for mankind and endless problems for landscapers planting a garden with an ocean view.…
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Exploring the Durban Garden as a landscape style

KwaZulu Natal is often referred to as the 'Garden Province', and you''ll often hear local landscapers talk about a particularly green garden as  being a “Durban Garden.”  What is a Durban Garden? When was the term Durban garden coined, and by who?  Life Landscapes, the landscape division of Life Green Group, has decided to explore…
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How to create a cottage garden using indigenous South African plants

Life Landscapes, a division of Life Green Group, has decided to explore - how to create an indigenous cottage garden using South African plants, with a strict focus on traditional English cottage garden features. History of the cottage garden The cottage garden came about as a response to space. English labourers of the working class…
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11 Landscaping trends to look out for in 2017

The El Nino drought has played a significant role in the blazing of gardening trends in 2017 and it’s not just being felt in South Africa, it’s global! It seems climate change is having a positive effect on gardens by changing the way people plant. “Dubbed the slowest of the performing arts, gardening can seem…
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