Indigenous Plants To Include in Your Garden

28 June 2018

indigenous plants

If you’re about to plant a whole new garden or give your existing one a facelift, it can be hard to decide which plants to include. However, creating an indigenous garden with little to no alien invaders is ideal, ensuring your garden will thrive! Before you get those landscaping plans printed, be sure to include these indigenous plants.

  1. Strelitzias

Certainly, one of our favourite indigenous plants, the bold and striking strelitzia will make a fine addition to any garden. It is also commonly referred to as ‘bird of paradise’ do to its resemblance to this bird species! Besides its large, bright flowers, its foliage is just as beautiful and lush. As a bonus, Strelitzias are evergreen which means you’ll have a bright and cheerful garden all year round.

  1. Proteas

A garden is not complete without the national flower of South Africa! From creamy white to deep burgundy and soft blush, the king protea has many delightful shades to choose from. And as a bonus, they attract a variety of bird and insect species, increasing chances of pollination. King proteas grow best in full sun in areas that experience hot, dry summers and chilly winters.

  1. Aloes

These hardy, succulent-type plants are also a must for anyone trying to create an indigenous garden. Their bright orange blooms will add vibrancy to dull gardens, while their spiky leaves provide low-maintenance ground coverage. The sap found in their leaves can be used for a host of ailments, which means a natural remedy is always handy.

  1. Peppermint-Scented Geraniums

Here’s one for the foodies and foragers! The leaves of this particular species of geranium give off the fresh fragrance of peppermint, while the bright purple flowers add a pop of colour. Use the leaves in your tea, as an ice-cream flavour or crush the leaves to soothe bruises. The flowers make a beautiful garnish on cakes and salads.

There you have it! 4 stunning indigenous plants to give your garden some pizazz! Once you and your landscaper have hashed out the final details, get your landscaping plans printed by PlanPrintSA. Based in Durban, we offer an online printing service and deliver nationwide for your convenience.

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Why getting building plans approved is essential

06 June 2018

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You’ve worked hard to make building your dream home a reality. The transfer has gone through and the land is yours. Why does what you build on that property have anything to do with the municipality? Plus, aren’t getting plans approved a long, laborious process? Well, before you forge ahead with building, you might want to read on and get those building plans printed and sent for approval stat!

Break the law, break the bank

Sure, most municipalities don’t have the capacity to send an inspector to each and every building site. The reality is, however, that building plans need to be sent for approval before construction commences.

You see, there are bylaws in place that allow the municipality to not only stop work on unapproved building projects, but to go so far as to demolish any building work done. Yup, you’re going to want to get those building plans sent off sooner rather than later. According to these laws, any new building or any alterations/structural changes to existing buildings require approval from the city council before any work can commence. To further add to this, permission must be requested from the municipality to do renovations on buildings 60 years and older. These are considered national heritage sites.

Wait, there’s more!

Excluded from building plan approvals are small, interior changes that do not affect the buildings structural integrity and/or alter the exterior appearance.

So, should you commence renovations or break ground without getting your building plans approved, and the building inspector drops in for a visit, you’re in all kinds of trouble. He/she is empowered to stop construction, impose hefty fines upon you and depending on the transgression, they can call for the work to be demolished at the property owner’s cost. Yikes!

The past could come back to haunt you…

Should you get away with it initially, it could come back to haunt you should you ever choose to sell your home. When a building is sold, building plans are requested by the city council. Should they not match the buildings existing structure or if the owner is unable to provide approved plans, the home or renovations can be torn down. Furthermore, if a home is sold to a buyer who wishes to do alterations and the existing owner cannot supply plans, the buyer has the right to cancel the sale.

 

Skipping the approval process for your building plans will cause more of a problem than it will do any good. It is best to be patient and follow through on the process for peace of mind. Remember, you can get black and white as well as full colour building plans printed with us. Simply upload your plans on our site and wait for them to be delivered to you!

 

Why You Need Landscaping Plans Before Breaking Ground

08 May 2018

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Your new home is almost ready and now it’s time to start planning a beautiful garden to match your new home. It may be tempting to go full steam ahead and buy every plant you see at the nursery, but this can end in disaster. Unless you’re a real green-thumb, you may put two plants near each other that will end up competing for space and nutrients with each other. Or worse, you could put a plant that loves shade in a spot that gets full sun and you’ll end up with a garden full of dead plants. Not a good look.

This is why planning your new garden is best left to the professionals. A landscaper is trained to design a tranquil and beautiful outdoor space that complements the home. They will take your notes and ideas, and put them onto a landscaping plan or render, to create a visual representation of your ideas.

It’s important to be able to visualise how your garden is going to look before embarking on such a costly project, as you need to be 100% happy with what it’s going to look like. This way you can be sure the landscaper has understood your brief and accurately captured your vision. A landscaping plan will also ensure scale and size have been taken into consideration so that your garden will be balanced with a good mix of tall and short as well as texture.

Furthermore, a well thought-out landscaping plan goes a long way in making prioritizing resources and time that much easier, making the project more efficient and stress-free for all parties involved. It also ensures the landscaper can give an accurate costing and time frame to the client, adding to project success and satisfaction.

At PlanPrintSA, we print full colour landscaping plans and renders, so you can get the full picture of what your new garden is going to look like. Let the journey begin and get your landscaping plan printed with us today – it’s as easy as uploading the file on our website and getting your plans couriered to your door within as little as 24 hours!