Landscaping

11th Mar 2016

The intention is to create a seamless blend between the timeless traditions and architecture of Hilton College and the natural beauty and true African spirit of the Umgeni Valley.  To this end there is an incorporation of both indigenous and non-indigenous plantings while being sensitive to the natural eco-systems and habitats of the area and to encourage this wherever possible. Verging on the biodiversity of the Umgeni Valley means that The Gates is committed to protecting the plants and animals and co-operating to avoid posing a threat to this as well as perpetuating it.  The Gates is also committed to conserving and preserving water resources.  Views form an integral part of the broader landscape and as such need to be enhanced at every opportunity.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Guidelines are established to create a unity and common purpose and therefore are to be borne in mind.  Recommended plant lists are attached and are available from the estate office. It is not intended to be restrictive but rather to create imaginative gardens which enhance and sustain the natural environment.

Neighbours are to be respected at all times, bearing in mind their views.
No exotic species are to be planted in the buffer zones.
Endemic plants are better suited to the local area and are water wise.
Endeavour to incorporate as much indigenous planting as possible.
Irrigation systems should be programmed to run during the night (less evaporation) and over watering avoided at all times.
Shut off valves must be fitted and situated next to the mains.
It is strongly advised to employ a qualified landscaping consultant to guide in plant choices and design.
Proposed designs and plant lists must be submitted to the estate manager for prior approval.
Private landscapers must register with the estate manager prior to operating on the estate.  They will be aware of all rules and regulations.  Codes of conduct apply to landscape contractors as well as building contractors.
It is the responsibility of all homeowners to keep gardens in a good state ensuring proper control of weeds, pets and mowing and edging etc. All garden waste is then to be removed from the estate.
Vacant sites :
•  Must be kept free of any alien growth.
• To be kept free of stagnant water.
• To be monitored for the possibility of soil erosion.

PRIVATE LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

– No advertising boards may be displayed
– No cold canvassing is allowed on the estate
– Working hours are Monday to Friday 07h00 to 18h00 only, no Public Holidays or weekends
– Adhere to speed limits
– Staff are to be restricted to the site being landscaped
– No alcohol, no firearms
– Staff to be properly dressed at all times.
PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITES

Garden designers and landscapers must all receive a copy of the guidelines and plant lists.
In order to compliment the architecture it is envisaged that a 60% indigenous and 40% exotic mix will be utilized   when designing gardens.
– It goes without saying that the more indigenous plant material used that is endemic to the area the less fertilizer and water will be used and the natural fauna will slowly move back into the area.  Since the entire development is situated on the drier north facing slope of the Umgeni Valley area it is necessary to create localised small habitats and ecosystems mimicking the forest margins and by planting trees as the upper storey, large shrubs as the middle layer and ground covers as the bottom storey, one will begin to see results of these protected environments and moisture content levels in soil will increase.

There is a prohibited plant list below – please adhere to this list.

Lawns will be either :

Cynodon (several species which tend to get patchy),
Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)(NOTE : this lawn is difficult to control, is an alien and chokes and destroys indigenous flora) or
Buffalo (Stenotaphrum secundatum)

PROHIBITED PLANT LIST

Acacia mearnsii Black Wattle
Acacia decurrens Green Wattle
Acacia longifolia Long-leaved Wattle
Agave sisaland Sisal
Arundo donax Giant Reed
Campulodinium macrocephalum Pompom Weed
Canna sp Canna
Cardiospermum grandiflorum Balloon Vine
Cassia sp Cassia
Cestrum laevigatum Inkberry
Chromolaena odorata Triffid weed
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Bamboo Palms
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass
Cotoneaster sp Cotoneaster
Crataegus sp Washington Thorn
Eucalyptus sp Gum trees
Gleditshia triacanthos Honey Locust
Hedera helix Ivy
Hedychium flavescens Ginger
Ipomea purpurea Purple Morning Glory
Jacaranda Jacaranda Tree
Jasminium polinthum Jasmine
Lantana camara Tickberry
Ligustrum sinese Privet
Litsea glutinosa Indian Laurel
Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle
Melia azederach Syringa Tree
Melaleuca ‘Johannesburg Gold’ Johannesburg Gold
Opuntia ficus indica Prickly Pear
Phytolacca dioica Balhambra Tree
Pontedaria cordata Pickerel Weed
Populus canescens Grey Poplar
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry Laurel
Psidium guineense Guava
Pyracantha angustifolia Fire Thorn
Rhus succendanca Himalayan Rhus
Ricinus communis Castor Oil Bush
Robinia pseudoacasia Black Locust Tree
Rubus cuneifolius American Bramble
Salix babylonica Willow Tree
Schinus terabinthifolius Pepper Tree
Solanum mauritanium Bug Weed
Spartium junceum Spanish Broom
Tecoma stans Yellow Bells
Tithonia diversifolia Mexican Sunflower
Tradescantia sp Wandering Jew
Vinca sp Periwinkle