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  1. Searsia leptodictya

    Searsia (=Rhus) leptodictya is a very hardy, evergreen, drought resistant, small, decorative tree with a drooping crown of bright green foliage. The bark on young stems is reddish brown, becoming darker and rougher as the tree matures. The lovely reddish wood is used to make beautiful small pieces of furniture.

    The inconspicuous flowers (male and female flowers on separate plants, therefore only female plants bear fruit) are borne from January to April. These are followed by bunches of edible fruit which attract birds to the garden.

    It grows in most soil types and makes a beautiful, graceful tree that is ideal for a small garden in sun or semi-shade. It is also beautiful as a small avenue tree.

    A valuable fodder tree especially in times of drought.

    Size 3 to 4m

  2. Agapanthus hybrid Nana Blue

    Agapanthus hybrid nana blue is a hardy, evergreen perennial has narrow strap-like leaves.

  3. Agapanthus praecox White

    Agapanthus praecox white is a well-known hardy, evergreen plant that has attractive strap-like leaves and umbels of white flowers that are borne on long stalks from December to April.

    They make good cut flowers.

  4. Delosperma lydenbergense

    Delosperma lydenbergense is a hardy, evergreen, fast-growing, prostrate, succulent groundcover.

  5. Salvia africana lutea

    Salvia africana-lutea is a very hardy, evergreen, small- to medium-sized shrub with aromatic, grey leaves.

    Clusters of unusual brown, funnel shaped flowers are borne from June to December, and when the flowers fall off a decorative, purplish calyx remains. The copious nectar offered by the flowers attracts insects and Sunbirds to the garden.

    It is an attractive, easy plant to grow and forms beautiful silvery clumps.

    Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade and water in winter. This tough plant tolerates very dry conditions and should not be overwatered.

    Prune regularly to keep it in shape.

    Size: 50 to 75cm

  6. Kalanchoe rotundifolia Signal Red

    Kalanchoe rotundifolia is a hardy, evergreen, erect succulent groundcover. The petioles are pink and the edges of the leaves are pinkish-red.

    It bears spikes of small tubular bright orange to red flowers on branched flowering stems from March to December.

    The nectar-rich flowers attract many butterflies and other pollinating insects

    Plant in amongst grasses or as an element of a rocky succulent garden.

    Size: up to 50cm when in flower.

  7. Greyia sutherlandii

    Greyia sutherlandii is a hardy, deciduous, drought resistant, rugged looking shrub or small tree with attractive round leaves that turn bright red in autumn. The tree is often still leafless when it starts to bear densely packed spikes of magnificent, brilliant red flowers at the tips of the branches from August to October. When blooming en masse they are a sight never to be forgotten.

    The flowers are rich in nectar, which attracts sunbirds and insects to the garden. The dead leaves often persist on the tree and should be removed to gain the full benefit of the flowers.

    Makes a good container plant and a wonderful tree for a small garden. The soft pale pink wood is used for household items.

    Plant in a sunny or semi-shade position, in well-drained soil. Thrives in rocky soils.

    Size: Up to 7m

  8. Acacia erioloba

    Acacia erioloba (= Vachellia erioloba) is a very hardy, beautiful Thorn Tree from South Africa that is slow growing but tolerates harsh growing conditions. It has typical fine, feathery leaves and straight white spines.

    The bark is deeply furrowed and goes very dark to almost black with age. It bears sweetly scented, bright yellow ball-like flowers from July to December. The half-moon shaped pods are woody, and persist on the tree.

    Acacia erioloba grows in desert and semi-desert areas and offers a host of opportunities for nesting and feeding for the many birds and insects that they attract.

    The half-moon shaped silvery grey pods are highly nutritious. They sustain a number of animal species that feed on them, including Rhino, Elephant, Gemsbok and Eland. Giraffe browse on the leaves and flowers.

    Kameeldoring trees prefer sandy well-drained soil as their roots can reach as deep as 60m in search of water.

    It has many traditional and medicinal uses and as the pods don’t split, they can be used in many crafts. This is a protected tree that makes a striking specimen tree in the garden and is used as a street tree in Mokopane (Potgietersrus). A valuable fodder tree in very dry areas.

    Plant in full sun in very well drained, sandy soil and don't overwater.

    Size: Up to 10m

  9. Cotyledon orbiculata

    Cotyledon orbiculata is a very hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, succulent shrublet that has smooth, round, grey-green leaves that are edged with red.

    The umbels of pendulous, orange-red flowers grow on long stalks and are borne from June to August. The nectar in the flowers attracts birds, bees and other insects.

    It is also an important medicinal plant. This plant needs well-drained soil and looks great planted in pockets in a rock garden. It is a very variable plant and there are many different sub-species and forms.

    Plant in sun or semi-shade in well-drained soil.

    Size: 40 to 80cm

  10. Stapelia leendertziae

    Stapelia leendertziae is a very hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, sprawling succulent. The upright, fleshy, prominently-angled, dark-green stems have sharply-pointed teeth on the margins. Clusters of large, bell-shaped, reddish to dark-purple flowers are borne from November to January. As with all Carrion Flowers, they smell foul in order to attract their pollinators. The seedpods that follow resemble paired horns.

    An excellent succulent for a sunny rockery, but also makes an unusual container plant. Shallow containers are most suitable for planting these succulents in.

    Plant in sun or semi-shade in rich, porous, well-drained soil and water sparingly.

    Size: up to 30cm

  11. Stapelia leendertziae

    Stapelia leendertziae is a very hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, sprawling succulent. The upright, fleshy, prominently-angled, dark-green stems have sharply-pointed teeth on the margins. Clusters of large, bell-shaped, reddish to dark-purple flowers are borne from November to January. As with all Carrion Flowers, they smell foul in order to attract their pollinators. The seedpods that follow resemble paired horns.

    An excellent succulent for a sunny rockery, but also makes an unusual container plant. Shallow containers are most suitable for planting these succulents in.

    Plant in sun or semi-shade in rich, porous, well-drained soil and water sparingly.

    Size: up to 30cm

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Dichrostachys cinerea

    Dichrostachys cinerea is a hardy, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with fine feathery Acacia-like leaves and rough fissured bark. The small tough branchlets end in sharp points.

    It bears beautiful, elongated, puffball, bi-coloured, pink and yellow pendulous flowers from September to February. It then produces distinctive sickle shaped pods that are coiled into each other.

    This plant will quickly grow into dense stands in disturbed areas, where its nitrogen fixing ability will help restore the soil. Use as a small specimen tree where its shape and flowers will delight you or create beautiful bonsai with this plant. It also makes a great addition to a barrier planting.

    Plant this drought-resistant plant in full sun or partial shade and prune regularly to keep in shape.

    Size: 3 to 7 meter.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Chionanthus peglerae

    Chionanthus peglerae is a fairly hardy, rare, medium to large sized tree with a straight stem, grey-brown bark and glossy, stiff leathery leaves.

    It bears inconspicuous sprays of white or cream flowers from August to February. The attractive, fleshy black fruits have white dots on them with a ridge across them which makes them look a bit like a duck's bill. The fruits attract birds to the garden.

    Plant in a forest garden or a single specimen in the cooler part of the garden where it gets morning sun, not the hot afternoon sun. It requires well-drained, compost rich soil.

    Size: 5 to 30 meter

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. Crassula arborescens

    Crassula arborescens is a hardy, evergreen, succulent, tree-like Crassula, which is unusual for this genus as they are usually relatively small plants. It has a thick, fleshy trunk with smooth, grey-green bark. The fleshy, bright green leaves have a pretty red rim. They have a waxy, powdery bloom which helps to keep them cool.

    The attractive clusters of pink or white flowers are carried in densely packed, rounded, branched, flowering heads from August to December.

    The flowers are nectar-rich and attract birds and insects to the garden. It has many medicinal uses.

    This unusual tree makes a great form and container plant. Plant as an element of a rock garden, on slopes or in a succulent garden.

    Flowers best in full sun but also grows well in semi-shade. Plant in well-drained soil.

    Size: up to 3m