The Cape fuchsia is a fast paced, multi-branching plant with soft, oval,dark green leaves and weeping tube-like blossoms that are adored by sugarbirds and sunbirds.

We have our very own fuchsias…
The Cape fuchsia is a fast paced, multi-branching plant with soft, oval,dark green leaves and weeping tube-like blossoms that are adored by sugarbirds and sunbirds. In nature it grows naturally close to water in sunlight to light shade.

Botanical name: Polygala fruticosa ‘Petite Butterflies’

‘Candydrops’ is a range of very free- flowering and bushy plants offered in red, cream and deep rose.
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Can it be feasible to utilize an entirely indigenous palette in a very small garden, to feel a part of this’proudly South African’ crowd?

Honey come home…
The blue honey-bell has small and delicate mauve flowers and glossy leaves on a slender shrub of about 1.5m x 75cm. Suitable as a background plant for full sun or light shade, or as a low hedge if trimmed formally.
First lobola, then confetti…
This is a compact hybrid of the pink confetti bush (50cm x 30cm) with needle-like foliage that turns gold when mature and small pink flowers from late winter to spring. The yellow foliage can be sensitive and burn in very hot climates, but it is in general a tough little shrub to supply lovely foliage contrast amongst other plants. It responds well to pruning if it needs to be kept in check.

Hello, small sweet pea!
Its huge sister, that the September bush, grows into a large shrub but the dwarf form’Petite Butterflies’ (known as’Sugar Baby’ too) is a neat, rounded little evergreen cutie with small, green and marginally heart-shaped leaves and dainty mauve flowers with a distinctive white tuft.

Golden daisy days…
On a sunny summer’s day, a mass of bright yellow daisy flowers smothering the soft silvery-grey foliage will catch your eye, along with those of bees and other pollinators. The golden daisy bush will flower intermittently throughout the year. Size only 1m x 1m.
Botanical name:Agapanthus ‘Bingo White’
Botanical name:Agapanthus ‘Zambezi’

They appear off and on all year long and are loved by bees, birds and butterflies. This tiny shrub (50 x 40cm) will grow everywhere except at very cold areas with intense frost. Naturally neat, so no pruning except light trimming if needed is required. Heavy pruning may kill it off.

Homefront snapdragons…
Two lips and a spur with a soft fragrance is how you could describe our very own Cape snapdragon. The world went berserk with this cheerful little plant and created wonderful, very floriferous hybrids like ‘Nesia’, which features large blooms in striking colours topping healthy, shining green foliage.
Daisies for Africa!
Name a colour and there will be an osteospermum daisy (also called Cape daisy) to match your wish. The latest hybrids are compact plants seldom growing more than 50cm high.
They flower in early summer, and if cared for will do so again in autumn. There is a great variation in flower colour (including bi-colours) and shapes (single, double and those with spoon- shaped petals). Great for sunny borders, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets.
Good ranges to try include ‘Serenity’ and Flower Power’.

We often feature beautiful gardens filled to the brim with native plants, but most of these gardens are fairly big and have ample space to include huge specimen trees, dramatic focal plants, fantastic swathes of veld grasses, tall clumping perennials and billowing rugs of spreading groundcovers.
Could we accommodate the’native only’ theme to a little garden where space is at a premium? The answer is a resounding yes, if you’re willing to use’domesticated’ hybrids bred from their wild ancestors. There is a whole treasure chest of these available to us, as local plant breeders as well as these
Of other countries have embraced our plants and turned them into streamlined, free-flowering beauties which will supply colour and texture even at a pint-sized plot.
The neat, strap-like foliage and gorgeous round flower heads of agapanthus are invaluable in any size garden, and modern hybrids today blossom and for longer. These plants are very floriferous and demanding, resisting frost and long periods of drought, and can flower in sunlight or light shade.
‘Lapis Lazuli’ is a free-flowering stunt hybrid with intense-blue flowers that appear intermittently in summer. Plant size about 60 x 40cm.
‘Buccaneer’ is medium size, about 30 x 30cm. It produces dark blue, umbrella- shaped flowers with deep purple veins from early to mid-summer. ‘Bingo White’ has pure white flowers from late
Winter through mid-summer with sporadic blooms at other times also (25 x 25cm).
‘Zambezi’ includes wide, strappy green leaves which are streaked with a creamy yellow variegation and framed by a broad golden yellow margin. This variegation implies yearlong colour along with the bonus of tall and powerful
Flower spikes above the foliage. The open- faced violet flowers appear in the summer months.

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