Indigenous species and hybrids

Indigenous species and hybrids

Our diverse indigenous plants have inspired many plant breeders both in south Africa and overseas. Every year, new hybrids appear on the market. Are these plants really better than the species types. Are they indigenous? Are species types better to use than hybrids r...
Getting the best out of the winter growing season

Getting the best out of the winter growing season

Say what? ‘Winter’ growing season? Yes, sure! It’s our rainy time, which means that this is the most sensible time to establish plants, especially those indigenous to the Cape. When you plant a new nursery specimen, its roots are confined to the little space of the...
Fun with Form and Colour in the Indigenous Garden

Fun with Form and Colour in the Indigenous Garden

Form: When designing your indigenous garden , or any garden for that matter, form and colour are among the vital tools that contribute to the success of the final creation. ‘Form’ could just mean that you want a rounded shrub or an upright tree, but it can also be a...
Edible indigenous South African plants

Edible indigenous South African plants

Eriochepalus africanus Most of us don’t think of going into the flower garden for flavour, but lots of our indigenous plants are edible and can be used to impart something with a touch of difference to our cooking. When it comes to herbal flavours, our indigenous...