Strelitzia is a bold structural plant that is wind resistant and grows well in coastal gardens too. They typically flower in late winter or early spring. Provided that they are given lots of bright light with some direct sun they can be successfully grown indoors. Feed with compost in early spring before new growth begins and then fertilize during the growing season.
This colourful crassula is a firm favourite as it sets your garden alight with its fleshy propeller-like leaves that mature from bright lime-green to bright red. Also very pretty in containers or hanging baskets.
This agapanthus has near black (very dark purple blue) flower buds that burst into large flower heads in spring. They have a unique colour and form and add a touch of drama to your garden throughout the warmer months. Mature plants have multiple flower stems which make a great cut flower with an excellent vase life of 12 to 14 days.
The iconic white Iceberg rose is well-known to most and a good rose choice for the beginner gardener. This floribunda rose flowers very willingly and is often planted en-mass (accompanied by lavenders) or in pots.
These extremely popular, undemanding, houseplants is one of todays 'it' plants. They grace the pages of magazines and instagram. They prefer lots of bright filtered light and should be kept away from drafts. They grow outdoors in a sub-tropical climate and should therefore be kept indoors or on a protected patio in the Western Cape.
Snake plants, sometimes referred to as mother-in-law's-tongue, are some of the toughest plants you can find. They are one of the best plants to clean indoor air, especially for people with allergies. Whether indoors, in your garden or on your balcony, these spiky beauties lends themselves to being grouped with other plants for striking contrast.
This Cordyline is very suitable to the South-African garden as it is heat tolerant and water wise. For a splash of colour choose this evergreen perennial which is clump forming and boasts dazzling marroon leaves with hot pink margins.
A striking and very popular ornamental tree that is tall, deciduous and fast growing with a distinctive greeny-yellow bark. It has sparse foliage that allows for sunlight to shine through which is perfect if you want other plants to grow underneath the tree.
An elegant, ornamental evergreen shrub, that can very successfully be used as a hedge plant, and are easily pruned to the desired height. Known for its leaves that change from green in summer to brilliant red in autumn and winter, while sprays of white flowers transform into scarlet berries.
A slender tree with an unusual colourful trunk that is ideal for small gardens. This delicate tree does not provide deep shade which makes it ideal to plant on a lawn. Be aware of its aggressive root system that mirrors the size of the tree above the ground.
A neat, small, showy tree that might well have been designed for the modern townhouse garden. The pale bark contrasts beautifully with the dark, drooping leaves that smell of lavender when crushed. Small, scented flowers appear in late summer towards autumn.
The golden barrel cactus is armed with golden yellow spines. In its native Mexico, plants can eventually grow to around 90cm wide. It makes an easy to care for plant - feed plants once a month during the growing season, and it does not matter if it dries out from time to time. Be extremely careful not to over water - especially during winter. It makes a real statement when planted one per single contemporary planter. Or, if you have space, to place a set of these in a row in a bed with excellent drainage.
A pair of these tightly rounded evergreen box spheres is excellent for flanking a set of steps, doorway or path. Alternatively use them singly to create stylish focal points on the patio. These are one of our recommended plants, they're perfect for positioning in these swanky planters in a partially shady site, where the glossy, green leaves provide all year foliage interest and structure.
Buxus Microphylla 'Faulkner' (Ball)
1m H (Shape to desired width)
Semi-Shade to Shade
Ficus Standard | Ficus Microcarpa 'Nitida' standard ( std)
This hardy tree is an exceptional option to clip into a topiary standard or ‘lollipop’. In 'wilder' garden settings it also works excellently as a screening hedge that can be tamed to any height desired. It can also grow into a dense shade tree.
This hardy tree is an exceptional option to clip into a topiary standard or ‘lollipop’. In 'wilder' garden settings it also works excellently as a screening hedge that can be tamed to any height desired. Can also grow into a dense shade tree.
Snake plants, sometimes referred to as mother-in-law's-tongue, are some of the toughest plants you can find. Whether indoors, in your garden or on your balcony, these spiky beauties with green and silver leaves can put up with almost anything. .