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  1. Delosperma lydenbergense

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

  2. Crassula multicava

    Crassula multicava is a hardy, evergreen, mat-forming, broad-leaved succulent plant.

    It bears many sprays of dainty, star-shaped, pink flowers from May to November that attract a whole host of tiny insects.

  3. Polygala myrtifolia Riviersonderend

    Polygala myrtifolia "Riviersonderend" has narrow almost needle-like leaves. This is a hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant shrub.

    The magenta flowers are borne in lax terminal heads throughout summer and autumn, and attract Carpenter Bees, butterflies and other tiny, pollinating insects to the garden. The seeds are relished by Laughing Doves.

    This graceful form is an ideal alternative for the garden that is too small for the large tree-like form of the Polygala myrtifolia. It makes a beautiful, floriferous screening plant. A useful garden and container plant.

    Prune lightly and regularly.

    Plant in well-drained soil in a sunny or lightly shaded position.

    Size: 1m up to 2m

  4. Markhamia zanzibarica

    Markhamia zanzibarica is a fairly hardy, small, evergreen Bushveld tree with smooth or rough grey bark. It has compound, glossy, fresh green leaves. The really attractive feature of this small tree is its beautiful, bell-shaped, yellow and deep maroon flowers that are borne in clusters from September to February. They are followed by long, twisted pods (40cm) that turn dark brown. This is a significant feature of this tree.

    Flowers attracts pollinating insects to the garden.

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

    Size: Up to 6m

  5. Acacia robusta subsp robusta

    Acacia robusta subsp robusta (=Vachellia robusta) is a very hardy, deciduous, drought-resistant, medium to large, handsome Acacia. It is fast-growing once planted in the ground. The black bark is rough and fissured. It also has thick, robust branches and twigs hence the name robusta. It has beautiful, bright-green foliage that is borne on distinctive woody ‘cushions’.

    The white sweetly-scented puffball flowers are clustered above the thorns and appear in profusion from July to October. They are the harbinger of spring and warmer days to come. The common name ‘Splendid Thorn’ is very apt; when it is in bloom with its white flowers in spring it is indeed a splendid sight.

    It attracts bees and butterflies. The bark is used for tanning and the tree is also used for magical purposes. It is not fussy and will grow in most soil types.

    A handsome tree for a larger garden. Plant in sun or semi-shade. 

    Size: 6 to 12m

  6. Euphorbia ingens

    Euphorbia ingens is a hardy, massive, tree-like succulent with a dense crown and a dark green stem. The branches have 4 wing-like angles with spines on the wing margins. The plant is shaped like a hot-air balloon. The yellow-green flowers are clustered around the spines from April to July and attract bees, butterflies and insects and are followed by reddish to purple fruit, which are relished by birds.

    Birds will nest in this tree. Hole-nesting birds will nest in dead sections. This very drought-resistant tree makes a good container plant or accent plant in a succulent garden but must have well-drained soil.

    Where the tree is damaged it will exude milky sap which is poisonous and can cause extreme skin irritation. This plant has many traditional and medicinal uses.

    Plant in sun to semi-shade, in extremely well drained soil.

    Size: up to 7,5m

  7. Watsonia borbonica Persephone

    Watsonia borbonica ‘Persephone’ is a hardy, tall, summer deciduous, clump forming, bulbous plant with firm glossy sword-shaped leaves that create wonderful form and shape in the winter garden. This selection has magnificent, tall (up to 2m) spikes of finely scented large, delicate-pale-pink, trumpet-shaped flowers that are borne from October to November.

    The flowers of this beautiful plant attract solitary bees, other insects and birds that feed on the nectar and seeds.

    Beautiful in herbaceous borders, as a container or use as a form plant.

    Plant in sun in well-drained composted soil. When the corms become too crowded, they inhibit flowering. Lift and divide them into clumps and transplant about every 3 to 5 years. Although winter growing, they also do well in summer rainfall areas as long as they are not overwatered in summer but water well in winter.

    Size: 0.8

  8. Watsonia borbonica ardneri White

    Watsonia borbonica subsp. ardneri ‘White’ is a hardy, tall, summer deciduous, clump forming, bulbous plant with firm glossy sword-shaped leaves that create wonderful form and shape in the winter garden.  The magnificent, tall (up to 2m) spikes of delicately scented large, shiny-white, trumpet-shaped flowers are borne from October to November and flower profusely after fires.

    The flowers attract solitary bees, other insects and birds that feed on the nectar and seeds.

    Beautiful in herbaceous borders, as a container subject or use as a form plant.

    Plant in sun in well-drained composted soil. When the corms become too crowded, they inhibit flowering. Lift and divide them into clumps and transplant about every 3 to 5 years. Although winter growing, they also do well in summer rainfall areas as long as they are not overwatered in summer but water well in winter.

    Size 0.8