Asparagus densiflorus ‘Cwebe’ is a hardy, attractive, evergreen, upright perennial with gracefully spreading fronds that cascade. The exceptionally beautiful foliage is more fern-like than the other varieties. The new growth is a shiny, rich copper-bronze colour.
Fragrant, small, white, star-like flowers are borne from November to April and are followed by beautiful, red berries, which attract birds to the garden.
Prune out the old fronds to keep it looking its best.
Plant in light shade or under deciduous trees. It makes a beautiful container plant.
Size up to 30cm
Clivia robusta is a fairly hardy, evergreen perennial with dark, strap-shaped leaves.
It sends out side shoots to form quite large robust clumps that can reach up to 1.6m tall and produce buttress roots.
Allophylus dregeanus is an attractive small tree or large shrub with beautiful dark, glossy leaves and greyish bark which wrinkles with age.
In autumn and winter, it bears spikes of sweetly scented white flowers followed by profuse, edible shiny red berries.
These features seem to glow in the shade where it thrives.
Up to 6 metres
Metarungia galpinii is a large shrub that has beautiful, quilted foliage. This rare and endangered shrub is not often found in cultivation. The flower spikes are held upright at the tips of the stems like candles. They are borne in February and March and, at other times, only after rain. The flower spike has green bracts with dense white hairs on the margins, giving quite a pale colour in contrast to the dark leaves. The light terracotta flowers are carried along the length of the spike.
These features make this a truly beautiful plant for use as a backdrop in shade or as a magnificent single specimen. It grows well in containers as well.
Prune lightly after flowering.
Plant in shade or semi-shade in well composted soil.
Size: up to 3m
Begonia sutherlandii subsp. sutherlandii is a hardy, deciduous, truly beautiful tuberous Begonia. The large, heart-shaped glossy green leaves are in sharp contrast to the red stems and veins. This is a striking feature of this plant. Pendulous clusters of glistening apricot-coloured flowers are borne from August to April.
This plant makes a spectacular container plant or hanging basket. It can also be planted in frost free areas, in shaded, well watered rock gardens or near shady water features. Used in traditional medicine. There are often bulbils in the axils of the leaves. These can be used to propagate the plant.
Plant in shade in well-composted soil.
Size : Up to 30cm
Stipa dregeana is a hardy, evergreen, attractive, fast-growing tufted grass with bright-green leaves that stay green throughout the winter. The long, finely- branched, flowering stems with small golden seeds adorn this grass all year round.
Lovely when grown near a pond or water garden, where it adds an ethereal feel with its slender stems swaying in the wind. Attracts seed-eating birds to the garden. It is the host plant to various butterfly species. Stipa grass makes a good garden subject as it looks ornamental all year round. Occurs naturally in moist places in forests and looks beautiful growing under trees.
As with all grasses it should be cut back in late winter and raked to keep it healthy. Plant in sun, semi-shade or shade.
Size 0,5 to 1,2m
Kraussia floribunda is a fairly hardy, evergreen, scrambling shrub or small tree with beautiful dark green, glossy foliage. The profuse clusters of delicate creamy-white, scented flowers are borne from October to January. It then bears sweet tasting, edible, purple fruits that the birds love. Butterflies are attracted to the sweet nectar in the flowers. It is also the host of the Pellucid Hawk Moth with its lovely transparent wings.
This is an attractive element of a forest garden. It can be pruned it into a lovely small, glossy-leafed tree, keep it as a shrub or even trim it into an attractive informal hedge. It also makes an attractive container plant.
Plant in semi-shade or shade in compost rich soil.
Size: 2 to 6m
Plectranthus saccatus White is a fairly hardy, evergreen, fast growing perennial with pale lime-green leaves. It has massed sprays of white flowers in autumn.
It attracts insects and butterflies and therefore also attracts insectivorous birds.
It is beautiful in a shade to semi-shade garden and also makes an excellent container plant. Cut back after flowering to keep neat.
It should be planted in light shade in well-drained, composted soil and watered well in summer.
A purple flowered form is also cultivated.
Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis is a fairly hardy, beautiful, low growing, mounding and creeping succulent that has delicate almost lime green leaves with red margins and red petioles.
It bears starry flowers which attract insects. This decorative plant makes an excellent ground cover and container plant as well as looking good planted in amongst rocks.
It grows in sun or shade making it useful for areas that are sometimes in shade and sometimes in sun.
Size: up to 10cm