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  1. Freesia grandiflora

    Freesia grandiflora is a fairly hardy, deciduous plant with fan of soft, bring green, flat leaves that arise from an underground corm.

    The large, scarlet flowers look like bright red stars, with a darker red blotch in the centre of the flower. It blooms from December to April. The seeds that follow are bright orange.

    It makes a beautiful garden subject, especially when planted amongst rocks and shorter grasses. It is also a lovely container plant.

    Plant in full sun to semi-shade, in well-composted soil that drains well.

    Size to 45cm

  2. Kleinia fulgens

    Kleinia fulgens is a hardy, attractive, evergreen succulent plant with a creeping, tuberous rootstock. It has broad, flattened, slightly fleshy stalkless leaves that arise directly from a fleshy stem. They are grey-green with a purple margin.

    The clusters of bright-orange or scarlet flowers are carried on long, flowering stems from January to August. The flowers attract pollinating insects to the garden.

    This long-flowering plant will brighten up a rockery or mixed flowerbed.

    Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

    Size: 30cm to 60cm

  3. Kleinia galpinii

    Kleinia galpinii is a hardy, attractive, evergreen succulent plant has flattened, grey-green leaves that arise from a fleshy stem.These grow from a tuberous rootstock.

    The clusters of bright-orange or scarlet flowers are carried on a long, flowering stems from January to August.The flowers attract insects to the garden.

    This long-flowering plant will brighten up a rockery or mixed flowerbed.

    Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

  4. Delosperma echinatum

    Delosperma echinatum (Pickle Plant) is a hardy, evergreen, small, partially-upright shrublet that has barrel-shaped short (25mm) leaves, hence its common name pickle plant. The light-green leaves have short, white, bristly hairs and attractive water vesicles (tiny bladders), that will add texture to your plantings.

    It bears masses of small, white or yellow, glistening flowers in spring.

    This drought-resistant plant makes a good addition to a rockery, succulent or grass garden and does particularly well in containers.

    Plant in well-drained soil in sun or light shade. It should be allowed to dry out between waterings.

    Size: up to 45cm

  5. Drosanthemum hispidum

    Drosanthemum hispidum is a hardy, evergreen, small succulent with small, elongated, fleshy, beautiful, glittery leaves.

  6. Metalasia muricata

    Metalasia muricata is a hardy, evergreen medium-sized shrub that is very variable in appearance and frost hardiness, depending on the region in which it occurs. This rounded, robust, sturdy shrub has fine silvery grey-green, needle-like foliage. The leaves can be smooth or woolly.

    In winter, the shrub is covered in honey-scented clusters of tiny white to pinky-purple flowers.

    The flowers attract many pollinating insects, and the seeds are eaten by birds.

    Dried leaves are used as tea in Lesotho.

    It is useful as a tall filler in flower beds, providing grey-green foliage for colour and textural contrast. In some coastal areas, this species is used with other plants to stabilise sand dunes. As it is drought and wind tolerant, it can be used to screen lower plant beds from the wind.

    Plant in sunny areas, in sandy, well drained soils. It can also tolerate acidic soils.

    Size to 4m

  7. Kalanchoe rotundifolia

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

    It bears spikes of small tubular bright yellow 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.

  8. Helichrysum cymosum

    Helichrysum cymosum is a hardy, evergreen small, leafy, scandent shrub with beautiful silvery, small leaves that are woolly below.

    It bears compact heads of yellow, papery flowers at the tips of each branchlet from September to April.

  9. Delosperma cooperi

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

  10. Diospyros austro-africana

    Diospyros austro-africana is a very hardy, attractive, evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree whose mature, medium- to dark-brown bark, blisters and peals into long, narrow flaky-strips. The reddish-brown branches are finely-haired, similar to the fine hairs on the attractive, small obovate leaves which give this shrub/tree a dusty-silvery appearance.

    From August to September it bears pendulous, creamy-white, cerise-pink or red lantern-like flowers which attract birds, butterflies and other insects to the garden. The berries that follow turn red then black and are much sought after by birds. Male and female flowers on separate plants therefore only females bear seed.

    This tough, water-wise plant grows in full sun or semi-shade.

    Size: 6 to 10m

  11. Ornithogalum sp. Tiny Peddie

    Ornithogalum sp. ‘Tiny Peddie' is a hardy, evergreen, bulbous plant with a tuft of glossy, grass-like leaves and small bulbs that multiply.

    It flowers from October to March with spikes of pure white, star-like flowers that are almost translucent. The flowers attract insects to the garden and make delicate cut flowers.

    A beautiful plant for rockeries or containers or as a border plant.

    This pretty plant will happily multiply in your beds but it is small, so should be planted in groups.

    These bulbs require well-drained, compost-rich soil in sun or light semi-shade.

    Size: 20 to 25cm

  12. Helichrysum crispum

    Helichrysum crispum is a hardy, evergreen, dense, very fast-growing, compact perennial with beautiful, small, dainty, silvery-grey velvety, rounded, aromatic leaves.

  13. Diascia Hybrids

    Diascia ‘Hybrids’ is a hardy, evergreen, bushy, drought-resistant, perennial groundcover with fine round leaves.

    This hybrid bears spikes of flowers in profusion, ranging in colour from white, pink, orange and through to red.The flowers are borne mainly from August to March but it does bear some flowers all year round.

    Beautiful planted along the edges of beds, in containers and in amongst small grasses.

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil and do not overwater.Prune lightly on a regular basis to keep it flowering.

    Size: 15 to 25cm

  14. Sesamothamnus lugardii

    Sesamothanmus lugardii is a fairly hardy, misshapen, small tree or shrub that resembles a miniature baobab. It has tiny leaves that cluster along the long elegant stems and mottled bark.

    It bears beautiful white frilly flowers with a long tube from November to February. It has attractive heart-shaped seeds capsules that all pop open together to release their papery seeds in just a few days. This is why the seeds are so hard to come by.

    Plant in full sun in a hot dry area in a rockery or it also makes a lovely container plant.

    Size: Up to 4m

  15. Steganotaenia araliacea

    Steganotaenia araliacea is a fairly hardy, variably deciduous, small tree with a lovely waxy sheen to its grey-green, peeling, papery bark. The pale green leaves with sharply toothed margins have a hair-like point.

    The inconspicuous small, tightly bunched greenish white flowers appear from August to October, followed by papery seeds.  All parts of the tree smell strongly of carrots. The flowers attract pollinating insects to the garden.

    Plant in a rockery or succulent garden in a spot that is protected from the cold wind and in well-drained soil.

    While it is most often found in full sun in its natural habitat, it will grow equally well in semi-shade in cultivation.

    Size: 2m to 6m

  16. Aloe verecunda

    Aloe verecunda is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, Grass-Aloe that forms dense clumps and has dull green to bluish green fan-shaped leaves with white spots and soft teeth along the margins.

    It bears dense heads of pendulous, tubular peach to scarlet flowers on long stalks from November to February. The nectar rich flowers attract sunbirds and insects to the garden.

    The Grass Aloes are adapted to cold and fire and resprout, from thick fleshy roots in the spring.

    Beautiful addition to a grassland garden.

    If transplanted or split, they take some time to recover. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in amongst rocks in a grassland or succulent garden. Cut the water right back in winter when they are dormant.

    Size: Up to 30cm

  17. Osteospermum ecklonis

    Osteospermum ecklonis is a hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, bushy perennial with a rounded, spreading shape and bright-green, slightly-succulent leaves.

    It bears large, glistening, white, daisy-like flowers that are streaked with bluish-mauve below and have attractive deep-blue centres. It flowers in spring and summer when it makes a stunning show.

    This pretty white daisy bush attracts many butterflies and insects to the garden.

    Mass-plant as a border, use as an element of a cottage garden, or plant in a rock garden.

    Prune back after flowering to keep in shape.

    Plant in well-drained soil in a sunny position as the flowers close in low light.

    Size: up to 75cm

  18. Aspilia mossambicensis

    Aspilia mossambicensisis a hardy, evergreen, shrubby perennial with rather stiff branches. Leaves are roughly hairy above, densely hairy but softer below.

    Flowers are borne in lax terminal heads and are golden yellow to orange. The plant is reminiscent of a jolly, yellow Cosmos and flowers from spring to autumn.

    Attracts butterflies and tiny pollinating insects to the garden.

    Use in a mixed, colourful border or create pretty, floriferous containers.

    Can tolerate light frost and drought. Prune regularly to keep tidy and promote flowering.

    Plant in compost-rich soil, in full sun or semi-shade.

    Size: up to 70cm

  19. Asparagus densiflorus Myersii

    Asparagus densiflorus Myersii is a hardy, drought resistant, scrambling, evergreen perennial. Its bright green, small, needle-like leaves are carried on long graceful branches that look like cat's tails. 

    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. 

    Grows well in semi-shade or sun and makes a good container plant. A neat form plant that can be used as a focal point in the garden or arching gracefully over a pond. 

    It has many medicinal and traditional uses. 

    Size 1m

  20. Eumorphia prostrata

    Eumorphia prostrata is a hardy, mounding shrub with beautiful, soft, fine silver foliage.

    From September to December is bears small daisy-like white flowers.

  21. Zaluzianskya katharinae

    Zaluzianskya katharinae is a hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant, herbaceous shrublet with coarsely-toothed, sticky, grey leaves.

    It bears masses of sweetly-scented, bicoloured flowers, mainly in summer and autumn. The flowers are white on top and cerise pink on the underside. During the day, the flowers are closed and resemble small, pinky-red drumsticks, hence the common name. They then open into beautiful white flowers in low light conditions, at dusk and are pollinated by an Emperor Moth.

    Lovely in a rockery or in a grassland garden.

    Occurs naturally on the Witwatersrand.

    This plant will tolerate light shade but does best in a sunny position. Plant in well-drained soil with little to moderate watering.

    Size: up to 60cm

  22. Aloe suprafoliata

    Aloe suprafoliata is a hardy, solitary, stemless Aloe with a slightly spiraled twist. It is easily confused with A. pretoriensis when not in flower as it has similar bluish-green, red tipped leaves. The young leaves are two-ranked (hence the common name) and only form rosettes when mature.

    Unbranched flowering stalks bear pinkish red, cylindrical flowers from May to July.

    This beautiful species needs to be planted in full sun, in well-drained soil, and also makes an excellent container plant.

    Size: 50 to 60cm

  23. Gazania krebsiana

    Gazania krebsiana is a perennial, evergreen, clump forming, low growing, drought tolerant, attractive free flowering groundcover.

    The flowers are orange to scarlet and appear in late winter and spring. Hybrids are available in many bright colours.

    The flowers are edible and it has many traditional uses.

    Grows best in full sun and well-drained soil, therefore ideal for rockeries and containers or in a grassland garden.

    Size: Up to 30cm

  24. Euryops tysonii

    Euryops tysonii is a very hardy, evergreen shrub with small, densely packed, small, leathery leaves are arranged close to the stems. These make it a particularly decorative small shrub which is dense and has an upright, and at the same time sprawling, growth habit.

    The relatively large, sweetly scented, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers are clustered at the end of the stems and are borne from September to May.

    The flowers attract many pollinating insects to the garden and if you watch carefully you may be lucky enough to see a perfectly camouflaged Crab Spider living in the centre of the flower.

    It requires full sun and looks beautiful in the rock garden, shrubbery, mixed border, on terraced slopes, in retaining walls and also makes a lovely container plant.

    Size 0.5

  25. Asparagus densiflorus Sprengeri

    Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri' is a hardy, evergreen, drought- resistant, scrambling,  perennial. This cultivar of Asparagus densiflorus has long, delicate, gracefully arching stems with short needle-like leaves.

    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.

    A beautiful plant for a dense border in shady areas and makes a good container plant. With its feathery foliage and arching habit, it makes a great hanging basket. It also grows well indoors.

    Grows well in light shade, semi-shade or sun. Cut the older bare stems off to keep it looking neat. It has many medicinal and traditional uses.

    Size 25 to 30cm

  26. Euphorbia clavarioides

    Euphorbia clavarioides is a very hardy flat, dwarf Euphorbia that has a large, underground stem and tiny truncated stems above ground that form a huge, greenish-yellow cushion. It bears tiny leaves that do not last long. Then the green stems do the job of photosynthesis.

    The tiny yellow flowers are produced on the tips of branches from September to February.

    The closely packed stems present the smallest possible drying surface to winds and, if damaged by fire, they re-sprout from the underground stem.

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in amongst rocks or in a grassland garden. Makes a beautiful container plant.

    Used in traditional medicine to bath swollen feet.

    Size 0.06 to 0.15 m

  27. Aloe parvibracteata

    Aloe parvibracteata is a hardy, evergreen, stemless Aloe that suckers freely. The leaves are carried in a compact rosette and have spots in bands.

    The branched flower stem bears dull-red or coral-red flowers on tall stems and are borne in winter, June to August. Insects and sunbirds are attracted to its copious nectar.

    Use in a grassland garden or plant en masse for a stunning display. Unusually this Aloe thrives in swampy areas so can be planted around a pond with great success. It also makes a wonderful container plant.

    It is not fussy about the soil and will grow in clay soils. Plant mainly in full sun but it will tolerate a little shade during the day.

    Size 20 to 40cm