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Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’
Viewed 4376 times since Mon, Apr 8, 2013
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher'     Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher' is a tamer garden hybrid compared to the ordinary abelia. This compact shrub with glossy foliage carries aromatic lilac-coloured flowers... Read More
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Francis Mason’
Viewed 5745 times since Mon, Apr 8, 2013
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Francis Mason'   Abelia x grandiflora ‘Francis Mason' is also known as the golden abelia. The leaves are often the colour of pure gold, and sometimes speckled yellow and green. You can expect... Read More
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’
Viewed 5474 times since Mon, Apr 8, 2013
  Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'   Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope' is a dwarf hybrid (70 x 90 cm) with ever-changing foliage. The new growth in spring is bright yellow around the edges with light green in the... Read More
Abelia x grandiflora ’Cardinal’
Viewed 7547 times since Thu, Apr 4, 2013
Abelia x grandiflora 'Cardinal'   Abelia x grandiflora ‘Cardinal' has mint-green leaves with a narrow white edge and new foliage is pinkish brown. The tiny flowers are snow white. It makes a great candidate for a pot and... Read More
Anisodontea anomala
Viewed 3076 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Anisodontea anomala (Palm-leaf mallow) This striking and unusual woody shrub grows up to 2m high with a spread of 1m. It occurs naturally in colonies on sandy flats and stony hill slopes from central Namaqualand to Hopefield on the Cape west... Read More
Anisodontea julii
Viewed 3895 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Anisodontea julii (African mallow, Bergroos) This outstanding garden plant is endemic to rocky mountain slopes of the Drakensberg in the eastern summer rainfall zone of South Africa, at altitudes of between 1200m and 2300m. It is a sparsely... Read More
Anisodontea scabrosa
Viewed 3084 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Anisodontea scabrosa (Pink mallow, Sandroos) The Pink mallow has a very wide, mainly coastal, distribution from Saldanha on the Cape west coast to the Cape Peninsula and east to southern KwaZulu-Natal, and inland to the western Karoo. It forms... Read More
Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’
Viewed 3321 times since Fri, Apr 12, 2013
Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia'   Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia' has large green leaves with golden speckles, dots and spots. This variety has more yellow or gold in the leaves and can burn badly in summer if it is placed in... Read More
Aucuba japonica ‘Goldeyana’
Viewed 4284 times since Fri, Apr 12, 2013
Aucuba japonica 'Goldeyana'   Aucuba japonica ‘Goldeyana' has narrower leaves with a rich golden core, green edges and isolated yellow speckles. Aucuba japonica is probably not the first plant that one would choose if... Read More
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’
Viewed 1896 times since Fri, Apr 12, 2013
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'   Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata' has green leaves with tiny yellow speckles above and beneath. Aucuba japonica is probably not the first plant that one would choose if faced with all the beauties... Read More
Berberis ’Golden Ring’
Viewed 4941 times since Thu, Mar 14, 2013
Berberis 'Golden Ring' This splendid foliage shrub is a specially selected form of the Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea. It has many variants, each with unique characteristics; these include leaf colour, growth... Read More
Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy’
Viewed 3650 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy' Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy' is a petite container plant (about 30 x 30 cm) with dark purple bracts.   One cannot miss bougainvilleas when they are in full flower. Looking magnificent, they... Read More
Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda’
Viewed 15532 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
  Brunfelsia pauciflora‘ Floribunda' Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda' is a dense shrub that grows to about 2 to 3 m tall. The leaves are elliptical and leathery with a waxy sheen. The flowers, in shades of dark blue,... Read More
Brunfelsia undulata
Viewed 4223 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Brunfelsia undulata     Brunfelsia undulata is a sensitive species with narrow and slender oval leaves. The flowers are snow-white with crenated edges, and are attached to thin stems all along the upright branches, and new ones appear all... Read More
Buddleja saligna
Viewed 3829 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Buddleja saligna   (White Olive) Use this hardy, fast-growing small tree of large shrub as a windbreak or hedge in difficult climatic conditions. It has narrow grey green leaves and sweet-smelling white to creamy-white flowers and responds... Read More
Callistemon ‘Endeavour’
Viewed 9196 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Callistemon 'Endeavour'   Callistemon ‘Endeavour' is a large, upright-growing shrub that reaches a height of about 4 m and has dull green, broad leaves and large blood-red flowers.   A beginner gardener who cannot... Read More
Callistemon ‘Hot Pink’
Viewed 4968 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Callistemon ‘Hot Pink'   Callistemon ‘Hot Pink' is a hybrid with large, shocking-pink bottlebrushes. The growth pattern is upright and compact, with the shrub growing about 2m high.   A beginner gardener who cannot... Read More
Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’
Viewed 4111 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John'   Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John' is a grey-green dwarf shrub that grows about 90 cm high and 80 cm wide. The short bottlebrush flowers are dark red with characteristic yellow... Read More
Callistemon subulatus ‘Brogo Overflo’
Viewed 3066 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Callistemon subulatus  ' Brogo Overflo'   Callistemon subulatus ‘Brogo Overflo' grows into a large shrub, about 3 m high and 1,5 m wide, with a compact growth pattern and slender leaves on floppy branches. It bears... Read More
Camellia japonica
Viewed 5722 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Camellia japonica   Camellia japonica has dark green, lustrous, leathery leaves and its size will vary according to the variety, but it could grow to about 4 x 3 m. The 250 species of stately, winter-blooming evergreens that make up the genus... Read More
Camellia sasanqua
Viewed 4664 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Camellia sasanqua   Camellia sasanqua flowers earlier than the japonica types and can cope with more sunlight. They are hardy, grow easily and bloom prolifically. Camellia growers like to prune them into elegant lollipop trees. This keeps the... Read More
Clausena anisata
Viewed 3700 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Clausena anisata   (Perdepis, Horsewood) Type: Medium Shrub, 3 to 5m. Form: Multi-stemmed and slender, with fine glossy foliage. Flowers: Bunches of small creamy-yellow ‘stars' with pronounced stamens, from May to August. This... Read More
Convolvulus cneorum
Viewed 5144 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Convolvulus cneorum   (Morning glory shrub) This is a low-growing, compact shrub with silky, silver leaves that have an iridescent sheen. White, tubular, morning glory-like flowers emerge from pink buds during spring and early summer,... Read More
Cuphea llavea ’Flamenco Samba’
Viewed 2968 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Cuphea llavea 'Flamenco Samba' This lovely compact shrub of around 40 x 60cm flowers prolifically, bearing cherry red blooms with dark centres and deep purple throats. It loves a sunny position, but is tender to frost. It grows in a... Read More
Cynara scolymus
Viewed 5515 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Cynara scolymus   (Globe artichoke) The globe artichoke is perhaps more commonly associated with the vegetable garden because the flower buds are usually eaten as a vegetable but this spectacular plant, belonging to the thistle family, can... Read More
Dodonaea angustifolia
Viewed 3730 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Dodonaea angustifolia   (Sand Olive) A large shrub which grows fast and can handle wind and drought to a remarkable degree. It has shiny narrow leaves, unremarkable flowers, but showy bunches of winged green-red fruit. Adult size: 4 x 4m. Read More
Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers’
Viewed 20670 times since Tue, May 14, 2013
Duranta 'Sapphire Showers'   Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers' is a popular variety due to its delicate series of white edged, deep purple blooms with their delicate scent. The leaves are a fresh green colour and the plant... Read More
Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’
Viewed 4864 times since Tue, Jul 30, 2013
Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ (Golden dew drop) Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and... Read More
Duranta stenostachya ‘Mini Gold’
Viewed 7830 times since Tue, May 14, 2013
Duranta stenostachya ‘Mini Gold'   Duranta stenostachya ‘Mini Gold' is a dwarf variety with golden yellow leaves. The height of a mature ‘Mini Gold' is only 60 x 60 cm.   The mostly forgotten Duranta... Read More
Eriocephalus ericoides
Viewed 11155 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Eriocephalus ericoides   (Wild rosemary) (Kapokbossie) This hardy, multi-branched evergreen shrublet that has small but aromatic silver-coloured leaves bears clusters of white to pink flowers in spring. The flowers are followed by seeds... Read More
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Viewed 5235 times since Tue, May 21, 2013
Escallonia 'Iveyi'   The hardy Escallonia ‘Iveyi', a vigorous evergreen shrub, is the product of an accidental crossing between Escallonia bifida and Escallonia x exoniensis. It has a round form, grows to between 2 and 3 m... Read More
Freylinia tropica
Viewed 3771 times since Fri, Aug 31, 2012
Freylinia tropica (Blue honeybell bush) Type: Shrub, up to 2m high and spreading 1m. Form: Evergreen and narrow with bright green foliage – sometimes forming a small tree. Flowers: Small mauve-blue to lilac or white flowers, mainly in... Read More
Freylinia tropica ’Blue Splash’
Viewed 3644 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Freylinia tropica 'Blue Splash'   (Blue Bell Bush) This evergreen shrub bears light blue flowers in summer. It can take full sun or light shade and is reasonably hardy against frost and cold. Trim the plant regularly to encourage... Read More
Gardenia augusta ‘Impulse’ var. White Gem
Viewed 3162 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Gardenia augusta ‘Impulse' var. White Gem Like most of the gardenias, this plant has wonderfully fragrant single and waxy white flowers. This variety is a dwarf evergreen (40 x 80 cm) with dark green foliage that needs good air... Read More
Grevillea lanigera ‘Mount Tamboritha’
Viewed 4482 times since Tue, May 28, 2013
Grevillea lanigera 'Mount Tamboritha'   Grevillea lanigera ‘Mount Tamboritha' is an utterly charming, low-growing shrub that copes perfectly in a wide range of climatic conditions. This native of Australia resists every... Read More
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Brilliant’
Viewed 24211 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Brilliant' This large evergreen shrub reaches 2 x 2m and makes a lovely hedge or screening plant that produces single, medium-sized, tomato-red flowers. It needs a light pruning in spring and a slow release 3:1:5... Read More
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’
Viewed 4792 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ If there’s a man with a soft spot for hydrangeas, it is definitely Gerald. He tells us that he cannot get over the fact that one can have a hydrangea that will flower repeatedly all summer... Read More
Indigofera jucunda
Viewed 3126 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Indigofera jucunda A small tree or scrambling shrub with spikes of small pink or white scented flowers on spikes around 5cm long. The size of the plant is around 1 x 4m. Its common name river indigo will give an indication of the position it needs... Read More
Justica brandegeana
Viewed 904 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Justica brandegeana   (Shrimp plant) The rusty brown flowers of the shrimp plant make this evergreen shrub and must-have for a shrub border. It needs full sun and protection from frost. It will grow about 1m x 70 cm and needs a good cut back... Read More
Leucadendron
Viewed 505 times since Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Leucadendron (Conebushes) The plants in the genus Leucadendron make it one of the most conspicuous members of the Proteaceae family and most of the approximately 85 species are endemic to fynbos of the western and south western Cape... Read More
Leucadendron argenteum
Viewed 3570 times since Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Leucadendron argenteum (Silvertree) One of the most well known species, this fast-growing tree (which grows up to 10m high) has long, shiny blue-grey leaves covered with slanting silvery hairs that glitter brightly in sunlight. It flowers... Read More
Leucadendron sessile
Viewed 3184 times since Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Leucadendron sessile 'Western Sunbush' Forming a neat rounded shrub that grows up to 1,5m high, this easily-grown species has bright yellow involucral leaves from late winter to early spring that mature to dark red in summer. The... Read More
Leucadendron tinctum
Viewed 9576 times since Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Leucadendron tinctum 'Spicy Conebush' One of the most appealing features of this greatly under-utilised Leucadendron is the strong spicy aroma given off by the female cones (illustrated). An easily grown plant, it flowers for several... Read More
Mackaya bella
Viewed 3121 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Mackaya bella Commonly called river bells, this evergreen shrub grows naturally under trees and close to water. Hence the same position in the garden setting would be ideal for it to flourish. The flowers are very pretty – white to pale pink... Read More
Meet the Bignonia family, both good and bad!
Viewed 1087 times since Fri, May 2, 2014
Meet the Bignonia family, both good and bad! By Gerald Schofield Much like human families, plant families also count amongst their members both the gorgeous and the troublesome. Some, of course, are a little or a lot of both! The plant kingdom... Read More
Metarungia longistrobus
Viewed 3720 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Metarungia longistrobus   (Sunbird Bush) This is a robust plant and it needs little attention, provided that the plants are well mulched and fed with an organic fertiliser twice a year. It can be planted in sun or semi-shade, where it will... Read More
Monanthotaxis caffra
Viewed 3492 times since Fri, Aug 31, 2012
Monanthotaxis caffra (Dwaba-berry) Type: Medium shrub, 2m. Form: Woody scrambler with sparse foliage. Flowers: Insignificant cream flowers, from December to March. Why plant it? The Dwaba-berry is a useful plant in a shade garden as it... Read More
Murraya exotica
Viewed 3375 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Murraya exotica The dark green glossy leaves make this shrub attractive even when not in flower, but the large heads of sweetly scented white flowers make it a very attractive shrub to have in the garden. It is a low maintenance plant that requires... Read More
Nandina domestica
Viewed 1082 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Nandina domestica   (Heavenly bamboo)   For Autumn colour there is nothing to beat Nandina domestica and its cousins. The lacy leaves change from green in the spring and summer to shades of red, orange and purple in autumn and winter.... Read More
Pavetta lanceolata
Viewed 12207 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Pavetta lanceolata The forest bride's bush is an indigenous evergreen shrub or small tree about 5 x 3 m has dense clusters of starry white flowers that attract plenty of bees. Plant in full sun to light shade as a windbreak, hedge or specimen... Read More
Plumbago auriculata
Viewed 3170 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Plumbago auriculata One of the prettiest indigenous shrubs we have in South Africa which carries masses of powder-blue, phlox-like flowers and plenty of good characteristics. It has many uses: the perfect hedge plant that can be trimmed to make it... Read More
Rhamnus prinoides
Viewed 2969 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Rhamnus prinoides   (Dogwood) Bushy with shiny dark green foliage. Its small greenish, insect-attracting flowers are followed by fleshy pea-sized fruits that turn purple when they are ripe. It's an easy grower that would make a lovely... Read More
Rhus crenata
Viewed 1859 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Rhus crenata   (Raisin Bush) Resembling a bamboo with thick clumps with slender side branches and delicate rosettes of foliage that lie in stem nodes. This gives the plant a feathery appearance. It is a popular form of foliage in the cut... Read More
Rhus crenata 2
Viewed 3046 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Rhus crenata (raisin bush, dune crowberry) Given its many potential garden uses, R. crenata is one of the most undervalued of our indigenous species. It is a lovely evergreen shrub that enjoys full sun, is semi-hardy (can take light frost), fast... 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
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
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
Tecoma capensis ‘Apricot’
Viewed 1846 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis 'Apricot'   Tecoma capensis ‘Apricot' has light apricot-coloured flowers. Plant size about 3 x 3 m.   Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if, perchance, you end up alongside a Cape... Read More
Tecoma capensis ‘Coccinea’
Viewed 4531 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis 'Coccinea' Tecoma capensis ‘Coccinea' bears deep orange, almost tomato-red flowers. Plant size about 3 x 3 m.   Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if, perchance, you end up alongside a Cape... Read More
Tecoma capensis ‘Lutea’
Viewed 5360 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis 'Lutea' Tecoma capensis ‘Lutea' is a smaller plant that grows to just slightly larger than 1 x 1 m. ‘Lutea' planted with plumbago is lovely.   Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if,... Read More
Tecoma capensis ‘Orange’
Viewed 5768 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis ‘Orange'   Tecoma capensis ‘Orange' has dark orange flowers. Plant size about 3 x 3 m. Some nurseries sell ‘Lutea' and ‘Orange' as instant hedges – the plants are quite large and... Read More
Tecoma capensis ‘Rocky Horror’
Viewed 4905 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis 'Rocky Horror'   Tecoma capensis ‘Rocky Horror' has bright red flowers. Plant size about 5 x 5 m.   Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if, perchance, you end up alongside a Cape... Read More
Tecoma capensis ‘Salmon’
Viewed 15173 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Tecoma capensis 'Salmon' Tecoma capensis 'Salmon' has salmon-coloured flowers. Plant size about 3 x 3 m.   Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if, perchance, you end up alongside a Cape honeysuckle hedge in... Read More
Viburnum awabuki ‘Emerald Lustre’
Viewed 13452 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Viburnum awabuki 'Emerald Lustre'   Viburnum awabuki ‘Emerald Lustre' is a glossy foliage shrub with large, shiny leaves. The new growth is a rich caramel colour. It is evergreen, hardy and loves full sun and light shade.... Read More
Viburnum macrocephalum (Snowball bush)
Viewed 8378 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Viburnum macrocephalum Snowball bush Viburnum macrocephalum (Snowball bush) carries beautiful ball-shaped clusters of white flowers for most of the year. It is evergreen, loves full sun and is hardy. Mature size about 3 x 2 m. In a small... Read More
Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’
Viewed 1571 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian' This compact shrub is a winner for gardens that are hot, cold and windy. The leathery dark green foliage contrasts well with the large bunches of pink to white flowers. From late winter and into spring the... Read More