Carissa macrocarpa (Big Num-Num)
Indigenous thorny hedge which is great for attracting butterflies. White flowering, with red edible fruit. Excellent plant for roof-top gardens.
Aptenia cordifolia (Baby Sun Rose)
An excellent, hardy ground cover with very bright pink flowers during the sunniest part of the day. Excellent roof-top plant.
Carpobrotus sp. (Hottentot Fig)
Very hardy creeping ground cover. Excellent when used as a pioneer plant to cover banks etc. Often grown on retaining walls.
Crassula multicava (Fairy Crassula)
Excellent ground cover which grows quickly. Good roof-top garden plant. Prefers shadier sites (under ledges/in amongst rocks). Pinkish-white flowering plant.
This hardy, semi-succulent member of the daisy family is an excellent pioneer plant that grows well in harsh environments (i.e. roof-tops and beach cottage gardens)
Aloe marlothii (Mountain Aloe)
This large, single-stemmed aloe can grow to almost 5m high. It's heavily thorned and flowers in bright orange to red and even yellow. A good barrier plant.
Dwarf agapanthus (white)
Particularly suited to mass planting in pots or containers, this white flowering variety blooms from about December-February.
Senecio tamoides (Canary Creeper)
This very hardy, succulent climber has a very pretty yellow flower and is an excellent butterfly attractor. I have used this successfully as an economical vertical screening plant.
Melinis repens (Natal Red Top)
This is a good pioneer grass which I have used successfully to colonise disturbed areas. It is visually most effective when mass planted, with very pretty red 'flowers'.
Themeda triandra (Red Grass)
This indigenous grass species grows all over South Africa but is particularly found in undisturbed climax grasslands. A valuable addition to a grassland garden.
Urera trinervis (Climbing Tree Nettle)
This indigenous climbing nettle will cling to its growing surface. With small creamy-white flowers, this is a particularly important plant for butterflies.
Melinis nerviglumis (Bristle-leaved Red Top)
This indigenous grass is perennially tufted and, especially when planted in clumps, is an attractive addition to any garden.
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum Lily)
This very attractive fast-growing lily, with large glossy leaves, thrives in wet conditions and is thus perfectly suited planted on the edge of ponds or along streams.
Clivia miniata (Bush Lily)
This striking endemic lily grows naturally in large clumps and perfers shaded areas. Care must be taken to plant Clivias in well composted soil and they must be watered regularly during the summer months.
Dietes grandiflora (Wild Iris)
The wild iris is an excellent filler plant and flowers intermittently all year round. It grows well indoors.
Agapanthus praecox (Agapanthus)
This attractive indigenous plant generally flowers in late summer. It's easy to grow in even poor soil but needs regular watering and grows best in well-drained soil.