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.
‘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?
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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.
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.
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.