I am not saying you should only plant an indigenous garden, other exotics are also adapt to our climate the advice in this section is simply put, plant you plants and especially trees during winter in the Cape. The colder temperatures and freely available water will ensure your garden is better adapted to the hot summer it will face, because the plants would have established their roots and grown enough.
Secondly, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to hold back on working in the garden at all during the summer, this gives you an opportunity to do all your “hard-scaping” this means paving, building works, gravel pathways etc. This means that you will have to plan your garden accordingly, and the best part about this phased approach is that it’s way easier on the pocket then a lump sum amount. As a design and installation company , we have often phased projects here in the Western Cape around water availability, especially during the height of the drought.