This is a bushy, evergreen tree that can easily be shaped into a slender growth form. The leaves are glossy and bright green and the smooth bark an attractive light grey. A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers is produced in summer, followed by colourful berries that attract birds.
Aloes have become extremely popular garden plants, primarily for their drought tolerance and showy blooms that are produced mainly in the winter months.
Aloe thraskii (dune aloe) is a large, attractive, single-stemmed plant with giant, thorny-edged leaves that curve outwards and downwards, like fleshy arches. The sturdy inflorescences with their racemes of bright yellow flowers appear in June and July. This is a lovely plant for coastal gardens.
Aloe polyphylla is a stemless aloe with short, thorny, grey-green, upright leaves arranged in a perfect spiral. The leaf tips gradually dry out and turn a purplish black colour.
Aloe plicatilis (fan aloe) is always pretty, whether it is in the form of a hundred-year-old giant or a youngster in a pot. The strap-shaped, fleshy leaves are arranged tightly behind each other in an unusual fan shape. It bears its orange-red flowers from August to October, and is happiest in the wet winters […]
Type: Small shrub-like aloe, 40cm. Form: Succulent with inwardly curving leaves that assume a ‘soccer ball’ shape. Flowers: Red-orange tubular flowers massed, usually, on a single raceme, from July to August.
The tree aloe can grow as tall as 12m and branch broadly. It is one of mother nature’s architectural masterpieces.
Aloe arborescens (krantz aloe) grows into a large and spreading plant that is very useful for larger gardens. It has a multi-stemmed growth habit and crowns of narrow, thorny leaves, and needs quite a lot of space.
Aloe ‘Mango Mix’ is a stemless, medium-sized aloe that produces very colourful racemes of reddish-orange to orangey-yellow flowers. The colours are reminiscent of those of ripe mangoes, hence its name.
Aloe ‘Ivory Dawn’ is a medium-sized aloe, with rosettes of leaves with a diameter of about 60 cm. It flowers repeatedly throughout the year (with no set timetable, simply whenever it feels like doing so) producing racemes of red, pink and ivory coloured flowers.