IN THE GARDEN
The garden is into its end of season rest so there is not much colour to speak of - but still plenty of work! Caterpillars, beetles, weeds, rust… After all the rain and staff holidays, it’s catchup time.
An early cobeae bloom
The indigenous toad tree - Tabernaemontana elegans
Japanese anemones starting to bloom
Growing our own! Cannabis is proving to be a wonderful remedy for our dogs' ailments.
IN THE NURSERY
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· Indigenous plants
With its fleshy chalky silver leaves and tufted bright orange-red flowers from summer to autumn, the waterwise coral senecio, Kleinia galpinii, is a real little gem. A 45cm high succulent indigenous to the KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo region, it wants sun and dry sandy soil.
The low growing shrub Petalidium oblongifolium is another plant which likes dry sandy conditions, although this one can also tolerate semi-shade. Evergreen and hardy, it has veined oblong grey-green leaves and pale blue flowers all year. It is indigenous to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Nerine bowdenii is a rare robust bulb with broad dark green strap-like leaves and heads of flared pink flowers in autumn. Deciduous and very hardy, it is happy in sun to semi-shade, and measures about 70cm in height when in flower. I have been searching for this one for years!
Autumn is plectranthus flowering time, and you can’t go wrong with a mass planting of Plectranthus ambiguus. A rounded evergreen semi-hardy perennial that is happiest in semi-shade, it has pointed grooved slight wrinkled leaves and sprays of lilac-blue flowers at this time of year. The plants in my garden grow about 60cm high.
· Exotic plants
The self-seeding Impatiens namachabarwensis is well worth having in the garden for its beautiful sapphire blue flowers from summer to autumn. Hailing from Tibet, it does better in cooler climates and should definitely be planted in shade to deep shade. It is semi-hardy and deciduous – possibly even an annual in South Africa.
The paper gardenia, Tabernaemontana divaricata, is a rounded bushy shrub with glossy dark green oblong leaves and waxy white flowers in summer. Evergreen and semi-hardy, it grows about 2m high and likes sun to semi-shade.
Thunbergia erecta is a woody deciduous West African scrambler with shiny dark green oblong leaves and huge royal blue flowers with a yellow centre. Hardy and reaching a height of about 1.5m, it is equally happy in sun or semi-shade, and flowers from summer to autumn.
We have many of the lovely Nymphaea hybrids in stock for those who have ponds or water features. An aquatic deciduous perennial, the water lily always delights with its round floating leaves and blooms from summer to autumn. For more information, see our dedicated water lily website page.
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