Shasta Daisy – Leucanthemum

Flower color: white, pink, yellow The cheerful Shasta daisy is a classic perennial. It looks similar to the familiar roadside daisy but has larger and more robust blooms. Shasta daisies tend to bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to…

Osteospermum

Osteospermum, or African daisies made a big splash in display gardens in the 1990s. They looked a little like daisies and they are in the Asteraceae family, along with Shasta daisies and zinnias. They come in a varierty of colours such as yellow and…

Marigolds

Marigolds Grow reliable, long lasting and heat-tolerant marigolds to create a floral carpet of yellow, gold, orange, bronze and copper-red. Dwarf marigolds are useful for edging paths, brightening rockery pockets, containers and hanging baskets, and can be grown in the vegetable garden, where they…

Celosia

Celosia Celosias are one of the most colourful and long-lasting summer bedding plants. There are two groups of celosias, those with ruffled, crested flowers called cockscombs, and those with silky, feathery flowers called plumes, known as Prince-of-Wales-feathers. Celosias are usually yellow, orange and red,…

Plectranthus saccatus (Stoep Jacaranda, Stoepjakaranda)

Indigenous Description.  A fast-growing soft-wooded shrub with small light-green leaves. Sprays of delicate pale-purple flowers, the largest of all the South African Plectranthus, appear from midsummer onwards. Mass plant it in light shade under trees to form an excellent and attractive groundcover. Use it…

Plectranthus fruticosus (Forest Spurflower, Pink Fly Bush, Spoorsalie, Muishondblaar, Cabhozi)

Indigenous Description.  The Forest Spurflower is a fast-growing soft-wooded shrub, with large softly textured heart shaped leaves (tinged purple beneath), that produces masses of attractive pyramidal spikes of pink or bluish-mauve flowers. Stems rubbed on windowsills repel flies. Plant it groups of 3-5, in…

Plectranthus ecklonii (Large Spurflower Bush, Persmuishondblaar)

Indigenous Description.  The large Spurflower Bush is a soft-wooded shrub with big oval soft-textured dark-green leaves and beautiful tall spikes of purple tubular two-lipped flowers. Pink and white varieties are also available. A traditional remedy prepared from the leaves is used to deal with…

Helichrysum patulum (Honey Everlasting, Everlasting, Kooigoed, Impepho)

Indigenous Description.  Soft felt-like aromatic foliage that is unusually grey and smells a little like Comfrey when crushed. Leaves are deep-green above and covered with a whitish felt. Big flattish heads of small creamy flowers are carried on long stalks and have a deep…

Freylinia tropica (Blue Honeybell Bush, Inyanga Hedge Plant, Blou Heuningklokkiesbos)

Indigenous Description.  Small delicate looking blue-mauve flowers hide amongst the shiny bright-green leaves of this rather erect, narrow and sparse shrub. Flowers may also be white or lilac and in the wild often forms a small tree of 3-4 meters high. Mass plant in…

Euryops virgineus (Honey Euryops, River Resin Bush, Heuningmargriet)

Indigenous Description.  Fast-growing and extremely hardy, the Honey Euryops has fine dark-green needle-like foliage. Stunning in full flower when it becomes covered in masses of small yellow honey scented flowers. Plant in large groups as background shrubs which will once again surprise with a…