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  1. Grewia occidentalis

    Grewia occidentalis is a very hardy, fast growing, evergreen shrub with attractive, rough, glossy, quite dark green leaves and trailing stems.

    It bears gorgeous star-like pink flowers with a cluster of prominent, bright yellow stamens from October to January

     It also bears distinctive, edible fruits that are clustered together in a square or cross shape.

  2. Anthericum saundersiae

    Anthericum saundersiae is a hardy, evergreen, clump forming, grass-like perennial that bears sprays of white flowers and seeds all year round.

    It grows in sun or shade and this makes it a good plant for the difficult areas that are in shade for part of the year.

  3. Ruschia hamata

    Ruschia hamata is a very hardy, small, evergreen succulent shrublet with small warty leaves. The slightly woody stems give it a weeping shape when cascading over rocks or the edge of a retaining wall. It is very drought tolerant.

    It bears such massed flowers that one cannot see the leaves. The beautiful fuchsia pink, glistening flowers adorn the plant in late spring and early summer. The flowers attract a whole host of insects which in turn attract wildlife to the garden. Plant a few together to maximize the show of flowers.

    Use in terraces, rock gardens and mixed dry succulent bed. With its cascading habit it is beautiful in a container.

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil and be careful not to overwater.

    Size: 15 to 20cm

  4. Ruschia lineolata

    Ruschia lineolata is a hardy, small, evergreen succulent plant that forms matted cushions. It is very drought tolerant.

    It bears beautiful purple flowers with striped petals which are about 2cm in diameter. Their brilliant flowers are borne in winter. The flowers attract a whole host of insects which in turn attract wildlife to the garden.

    Their round cushion-shape make them ideal container plants. Mass plant in terraces, rock gardens and mixed beds. They can also be planted to help stabilize soil.

    Plant in full sun and be careful not to overwater.

    Size: Up to 10cm

  5. Ruschia macowanii

    Ruschia macowanii is a very hardy, small, evergreen succulent shrublet with small warty leaves. The slightly woody stems give it a weeping shape when cascading over rocks or the edge of a retaining wall. It is very drought tolerant.

    It bears such massed flowers that one cannot see the leaves. These beautiful, glistening Fuchsia pink flowers with a dark stripe, adorn the plant from July to October. The flowers attract a whole host of insects which in turn attract wildlife to the garden. Plant a few together to maximize the show of flowers.

  6. Senecio vitalis

    Senecio vitalis is a hardy, evergreen, succulent that has gorgeous blue-grey, long finger-like leaves along the multiple stems.

    The daisy-like, cream flowers are borne from September to November which attract insects.

    The value of this plant is its wonderful foliage with which one can create colour and texture in a succulent bed or rockery. It is also a beautiful container plant.

    Plant in well-drained soil in sun.

    Size: up to 90cm

  7. Syzygium guineense

    Syzygium guineense is a hardy, small to medium sized, fast-growing, very attractive, evergreen tree with a weeping habit, that can be grown in wet areas and even in shallow water. The bark on young trees is silver becoming pale-grey and patched with many different lichens with age. The grey-green leaves are red when they first appear.

    The heavily scented white flowers with copious nectar have conspicuous, fluffy stamens and are borne in large heads on the tips of the branches from October to May.

    The decorative, edible, shiny, bright-purple fruit are borne in December which turn the tree into a natural Christmas tree. Birds such as bulbuls, starlings, mousebirds and barbets relish the fruit while the fallen fruit is eaten by guinea fowl and francolin. Fruit bats and bush babies also feast on the fruit.

    It is the host plant to the Apricot and Brown Playboy Butterflies.

    The plant also has many traditional and medicinal uses.

    This very variable species can be grown near water as a single specimen or in clumps to create a forest feel.

    Plant in sun or semi-shade.

    Size up to 10 meters.

  8. Pavetta gardenifolia

    Pavetta gardeniifolia is a hardy, deciduous, sometimes evergreen large shrub or small tree with glossy dark green leaves.

    The beautiful clusters of creamy-white, sweetly scented, nectar- rich flowers are borne at Christmas (November to January) hence the common name. The flowers attract a whole host of birds including sunbirds and insects that feast on the nectar. The black fruits that follow are edible and attract fruit eating birds.

    Plant in sun or semi shade in well composted soil.

    It is a little slow growing but very worthwhile.

    Size: 2 to 4 meters

  9. Oxyanthus pyriformis

    Oxyanthus pyriformis is a fairly hardy, rare, evergreen, truly handsome, shrub or small tree with horizontal branching patterns. It has beautiful, large, glossy bright green leaves that are slightly quilted.

    The unusual flowers are held in an upright, like a cluster of slender candles, at the tips of the branches from September to February. They are pure white and scented and attract moths which pollinate them. These are followed by soft, yellow to pale large fruits.

    Use as an understorey under trees or in any shady area. This shrub can grow in deep shade but does require well-composted soil and must be well watered.

    Size: 3 - 6 meter

  10. Oscularia deltoides[=Lampranthus deltoides]

    Oscularia deltoides is a hardy, evergreen, succulent groundcover with short, greyish-green, three-angled leaves that have tiny, red teeth and red stems, which make this a pretty foliage and textural plant.

    The small, dazzling, bright, pink or white flowers glisten in the sun and are borne en masse from June to December. As with most Vygies the flowers close at night.The flowers attract pollinating insects to the garden.

    An easy, useful succulent groundcover that can be planted in sunny rock gardens or used to stabilise embankments.Not only are they a great garden plant but are excellent container plants as well.

    Plant in well-drained soil in a sunny position for best results.

    Size: 10 to 25cm

  11. Geranium caffrum

    Geranium caffrum is a very hardy, evergreen, fast-growing sprawling perennial plant that has beautiful, round leaves that are deeply cleft. The foliage is grey green, and it adds an attractive soft texture to the garden.

    It bears masses of purple flowers with dark purple markings in spring and summer. It attracts insects and butterflies to the garden.

    This plant is very versatile and does well planted on banks, in hanging baskets and containers.

    Prune lightly after flowering. It is not fussy about soil conditions but will not tolerate wet soil. It is at its best in full sun.

    Size: Up to 30cm

  12. Gazania rigens uniflora

    Gazania rigens uniflora is a hardy, evergreen, drought resistant, creeping groundcover with attractive glossy green leaves.

    They are free flowering with beautiful, large clear yellow flowers which are borne from August to February.

    The flowers close in low light so they need to be planted in full sun. Remove the dead flowers to promote a long and floriferous flowering season.

    Needs well-drained soil.

    Ideal for rockeries and containers and for stabilizing soil on banks.

    Size: 15 to 30 cm

  13. Gazania rigens leucolaena Pink

    Gazania rigens leucolaena pink is a hardy, evergreen, drought resistant, creeping groundcover with attractive silvery-grey leaves.

    They are free flowering with beautiful, pink flowers which are borne from August to February.

    The flowers close in low light so they need to be planted in full sun. Remove the dead flowers to promote a long and floriferous flowering season.

    Needs well-drained soil. Ideal for rockeries and containers and for stabilizing soil on banks.

    Size:15-30cm

  14. Euphorbia lydenburgensis

    Euphorbia lydenburgensis is a hardy, evergreen, much-branched spiny succulent shrub which develops a flat crown. It has 4-angled, thin, greenish yellow branchlets with dark-brown spines running along the ridges.

    It bears small, bright yellow flowers, also along the ridges with the spines from September to November. The flowers attract tiny pollinating insects.

    Plant in a succulent bed, rockery or container. It requires well-drained soil and place in sun or very light dappled shade.

    Size: 0.6

  15. Eragrostis curvula

    Eragrostis curvula is a  hardy, densely tufted, densely leafy, robust but graceful grass with a graceful, weeping habit.

    The tall panicles of dainty seeds are borne from August to June.

    An attractive garden subject that will encourage seed-eating birds to visit the garden.

  16. Cyperus laevigatus

    Cyperus laevigatus is a hardy, evergreen, water loving sedge with bright green stems and two leaf-like bracts at the tip.

    It bears attractive spikelets at the tip of the stem that vary in colour from green, reddish brown to dark brown almost all year round.

    This is a cosmopolitan species that grows best in moist areas and even in shallow water.

    It is also found on the sea shore and thrives in both fresh and brackish alkaline water.

    This medium sized sedge is a useful water plant for smaller gardens.

    Extensively used for weaving mats.

    Size 35 to 60cm

  17. Cyperus alternifolius

    Cyperus alternifolius is a hardy, evergreen, medium sized sedge with a long green stem topped with a circle of flat green bracts at the end of each stem.

    The clusters of brown flowers stand out above the green bracts in summer.

  18. Cyperus alternifolius nana

    Cyperus alternifolius nana is a hardy, evergreen, miniature sedge with a green stem topped with a circle of flat green bracts at the end of each stem.

    The clusters of brown flowers stand out above the green bracts in summer. Ideal for water edges, and wetland gardens. Prune regularly to keep it looking neat.

    This Cyperus is a fast spreader and the rhizomes will cover an area rapidly.

    (It may need to be thinned out periodically.)

    Plant in sun or semi-shade.

    Size: Up to 30cm

  19. Crinum campanulatum

    Crinum campanulatum is a hardy, evergreen or deciduous, clump-forming, rare, bulbous plant with narrow strap-shaped, bright green leaves. This plant grows in water or waterlogged soils and can be seasonally dry.

    It bears magnificent, clusters of trumpet-shaped, cerise flowers in spring and summer.

    It grows in vlei areas but should be kept relatively dry in winter. Excellent for a pond or water garden. Can be grown in shallow water in full sun or very light shade.

    Protect from Amaryllis caterpillar by hand removal of worms.

    Size: 30cm Flowering stem up to 1m

  20. Chlorophytum comosum

    Chlorophytum comosum is a fairly hardy, evergreen, tufted perennial with swollen roots and strap-like, bright-green leaves in a basal rosette.

    White starry flowers adorn an arching flowering stem throughout the year. The tuft of leaves at the tip of each flowering stem roots where it touches the ground.

    The 'kuikens' are gorgeous in flower arrangements.

    An ideal plant for dry shade areas under trees, in a mixed bed or in hanging baskets. They thrive in dark areas under trees although they tolerate some sun as well.

    Water regularly and prune back quite severely when it looks scruffy, and it will come back beautifully.

    As the leaves are soft, keep them out of high traffic areas.

    Size: up to 40cm

  21. Barleria obtusa White

    Barleria obtusa 'White' is a hardy, evergreen, small, drought resistant, herbaceous shrublet that tends to sprawl.

    It blooms profusely with white flowers in autumn and has a few flowers most of the year round. It is a butterfly host plant, as well as being heavily browsed by both stock and game animals.

    It grows well in sun or semi-shade but blooms more profusely in the sun.

    Prune back hard after flowering to keep it in shape and encourage flowering the next season.

    Size: 30 to 75cm

  22. Allophylus natalensis

    Allophylus natalensis is a hardy, evergreen shrub or small tree with smooth or wrinkled, greyish-brown bark. It has a dense crown of firm, shiny, dark green, Searsia (Rhus)-like, trifoliate leaves.

    Massed clusters of small whitish green, sweetly scented flowers are borne from March to July and attract butterflies and other insects.

    The clusters of conspicuous shiny red, edible berries can weigh the branches down. They make a lovely show from June to August and attract birds.

    A beautiful tree for small gardens as well as a great screening plant that can also form a decorative, specimen shrub once established.

    Plant in sun or shade, in well drained soil.

    Size: 2 to 5 meter