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Sagina subulata
Viewed 4554 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Sagina subulata   Sagina subulata has dark green, moss-like foliage and white flowers. Plant size about 5 x 50 cm. In a colour-hungry gardening world, we sometimes forget that green is also a colour – especially the luminous emerald green of... Read More
Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’
Viewed 5750 times since Fri, May 11, 2012
Sagina subulata ‘Aurea' Sagina subulata ‘Aurea' is a low-growing, carpet-like ground cover with slender, self-rooting stems, fine foliage and tiny white flowers, which originated from Europe. Its moss-like appearance gave rise... Read More
Sagina subulata ’Aurea’
Viewed 3381 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
  Sagina subulata 'Aurea'   Sagina subulata ‘Aurea' has light yellow-green, moss-like foliage, and white flowers. Plant size about 5 x 50 cm. (This plant was previously incorrectly marketed as Minuartia verna.)  ... Read More
Salvia africana-lutea (brown sage)
Viewed 3275 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Salvia africana-lutea (brown sage)   Salvia africana-lutea (brown sage) is an exceptionally drought-hardy, indigenous sage with faded green leaves and unusual brown flowers. It is a good plant for gardens where brackish water is the only... Read More
Salvia greggii
Viewed 3117 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Salvia greggii (autumn sage)   Salvia greggii (autumn sage) has been used to produce a series of upright-growing, evergreen, woody hybrids that grow to about 50 x 50 cm. Look out for: ‘Hot Lips' – two-tone red and white... Read More
Salvia leucantha
Viewed 4833 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Salvia leucantha If you have a soft spot for graceful arching stems that are powdery white, and willow-like leaves with silvery-white woolly undersides, all on a windswept wild-looking shrub, then S. leucantha, the Mexican bush sage, is the best... Read More
Scabiosa africana
Viewed 4530 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Scabiosa Africana   Scabiosa africana is an indigenous species that bears large mauve flowers (up to 50 mm in diameter) on long stems of about 1 m. The robust leaf rosette is made up of large, light green, velvety leaves. These perennials... Read More
Scabiosa columbaria ‘Pink Mist’
Viewed 4807 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
 Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist' Scabiosa columbaria ‘Pink Mist' is a compact hybrid with soft pink flowers. Our colleague, Gerald Schofield, once described the hybrids of Scabiosa columbaria as ‘totally loveable&... Read More
Scabiosa incisa
Viewed 14556 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Scabiosa incisa   Scabiosa incisa is another indigenous species, is favoured by butterflies. The flowers are light purple, mauve or white and bloom from September to December. Both these indigenous species love the coastal climate of the Cape... Read More
Scaevola
Viewed 3982 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
  Scaevola   A gardener's curiosity is piqued every time adverts appear for ‘new' plants (most often new hybrids of older varieties and hybrids). One Australian perennial that contributes a new hybrid almost yearly is... Read More
Searsia pendulina
Viewed 3497 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Searsia pendulina (White karee) This tree has a slightly weeping growth habit and a neat crown that casts filtered shade. The leaves, in a set of three individual leaflets, are light green and the bark is an attractive light grey, becoming... Read More
Sedum nussbaumerianum
Viewed 2898 times since Wed, Mar 21, 2012
Sedum nussbaumerianum S. nussbaumerianum is an exotic species from Mexico, with unusual, copper-coloured rosettes on slender spreading stems. It is a lovely plant on its own or mixed with other sun lovers in a pot. Small star-shaped white flowers... Read More
Sedum spurium ‘Bronze Carpet’
Viewed 4804 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Sedum spurium ‘Bronze Carpet’ ‘Bronze Carpet’ is a vigorous, evergreen ground cover with glossy, succulent leaves that are dark coppery-red in colour. Its small, soft pink flowers are produced in spring. It is an ideal plant... Read More
Selago corymbosa
Viewed 3094 times since Fri, Aug 24, 2012
Selago corymbosa (Bitterblombos) Type: Dainty shrublet, 60cm. Form: Upright growth with feathery foliage. Flowers: A fine mist of delicate lacy white flowers cover the plant from spring to autumn. Why plant it? It survives quite... Read More
Senecio cineraria ’Silver Dust’
Viewed 3765 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust' Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust' (Dusty Miller) is a low-growing sub shrub that is often treated as an annual. It has deeply-divided leaves, up to 15 cm long, that are obviously silvery-grey to... Read More
Serruria hybrid Tannie Evita
Viewed 6313 times since Fri, Sep 20, 2013
Serruria hybrid   ‘Tannie Evita' The name says it all; this is undoubtedly amongst the loveliest blushing bride. Serrurias belong to the protea family and are found in specific parts of the fynbos region of the Western Cape.... Read More
Silybum marianum (Milk thistle)
Viewed 10642 times since Fri, Aug 31, 2012
Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) The spectacular milk thistle is huge, eye-catching and drought tolerant! Its massive rosette of white-marbled, seriously prickly, deeply lobed, obovate leaves reach 60 to 70cm in length. By late summer tall ... Read More
Solanum giganteum
Viewed 5429 times since Tue, Jul 30, 2013
Solanum giganteum Solanum giganteum is a somewhat unconventional choice – but not for birds! Do not confuse it with the invasive alien Solanum mauritianum; although it is of the same family, it belongs here and is of great value to wildlife.... Read More
Solanum rantonnetii ‘Montreux’
Viewed 2423 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Solanum rantonnetii ‘Montreux' This 2 x 2 m evergreen with its deep violet-blue flowers with yellow centres is a good container plant as well as a strong summer colour plant with other shrubs in a garden bed. It is fairly low maintenance... Read More
Solanum rantonnetii ‘Variegatum’
Viewed 8659 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Solanum rantonnetii 'Variegatum'   Solanum rantonnetii ‘Variegatum' has a pretty variegated leaf type with pale green and cream foliage and lightly scented blue to violet flowers with yellow centres. The variegated leaf... Read More
Solanum rantonnetii ‘White’
Viewed 6529 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Solanum rantonnetii 'White' Solanum rantonnetii ‘White' has snow-white flowers with yellow throats.   In the days when we quickly had to order a few flowering shrubs to fill the instant colour aisles of our nurseries... Read More
Stachys byzantine
Viewed 1195 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Stachys byzantine Children and adults alike are fascinated with the soft texture of Lamb's Ear, it immediately attracts people to it to touch its leaves. This is also a good plant for combining with other colours in a garden design due to its... Read More
Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’
Viewed 1736 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ The beautiful Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’, which is always waving in the wind, is another favourite with the grass lovers. It looks very dramatic when planted en masse in a controlled... Read More
Strelitzia juncea
Viewed 7651 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Strelitzia juncea   Strelitzia juncea is a very sought-after species, but unfortunately also rather scarce and costly. S. juncea grows naturally in the driest, most arid regions of the Eastern Cape and has adapted to these conditions. It has... Read More
Strelitzia reginae
Viewed 1110 times since Thu, Mar 15, 2012
Strelitzia reginae   (Bird of paradise) One of our best known indigenous plants that has established itself as a top quality cut flower all around the world. The stout, stately stems are topped with the unmistakeable boat-shaped spathe and... Read More
Syzygium paniculatum
Viewed 8401 times since Tue, Jun 4, 2013
Syzygium paniculatum Syzygium paniculatum is a well-known garden shrub with a multitude of uses. It is evergreen, has dense foliage, and grows rapidly to a height of up to 4 m if left unchecked. It is most often used for hedges, and sometimes as... Read More
Syzygium paniculatum ‘Globulum’
Viewed 2517 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Syzygium paniculatum 'Globulum'   Syzygium paniculatum ‘Globulum' is a lovely dwarf or more compact syzygium that has tiny dark-green glossy leaves and grows at a snail's pace. White flowers appear during summer,... Read More
Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood)
Viewed 126215 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
  Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood)   Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood) is a scarce indigenous species, but with a bit of luck you might find one in a specialist nursery. It forms a small shrub or tree with bright, deep... Read More