IN THE GARDEN
Needless to say, the garden is completely overgrown and the weeds are keeping us very busy.
I have also noticed that some of the sun-loving plants are softer than they should be after the rains and many overcast days, making our usual post-Christmas prune absolutely mandatory! But we do not despair; garden plants have a wonderful ability to recover from any setback.
Persicaria senegalensis putting on a show in the garden
Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. katharinae
Bees enjoying the Rudbeckia
IN THE NURSERY
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· Indigenous plants
The multi-stemmed shrub Oxyanthus pyriformis has horizontal branches with glossy dark green leaves and heads of spindly scented white flowers which attract moths and birds in summer. Evergreen, semi-hardy and reaching an average height of 3m, this is one of those unusual plants that are happy in even deep shade. We have them in 10 litre bags.
Pavetta gardeniifolia is a beautiful compact deciduous shrub with glossy green foliage and sprays of white flowers in summer which, like most scented blooms, attract birds, bees and other insects. It reaches an average height of 3m and can take sun to semi-shade.
The silver snake root Persicaria senegalensis does equally well in a pond or in moist soil in the garden. A thick-stemmed spreading stolenous perennial that grows on average 1.5m high, it has very attractive large silver leaves and drooping sprays of golden grass-like flowers from late summer to autumn. Deciduous and very hardy, it likes full sun.
The Crocosmia - Lucifer has spikes of scarlet flowers from summer to autumn. A very hardy deciduous clump-forming bulb with erect lance-shaped ribbed leaves, it is happy in sun to semi-shade.
· Exotic plants
Cantua buxifolia, the sacred flower of the Incas, is a lax semi-scandent shrub with small lance-shaped leaves and pendant tubes of cerise pink flowers in spring, and is happy in sun to semi-shade. Growing on average 1.5m high, it needs support and should be pruned after flowering.
A lovely old favourite in South African gardens which seems to have gone out of fashion, the Chinese plumbago Cerastostigma willmottianum is a very hardy deciduous rounded shrublet with slender bristly leaves and clusters of striking dark blue flowers from summer to autumn. It grows about 1m high and wants full sun.
Hymenocallis littoralis, is a clump-forming evergreen bulb with a basal rosette of dark green straplike leaves and frilly-edged white flowers which give it its common name of spider lily. It flowers from summer to autumn and likes full sun. Particularly impressive when planted en masse.
If you garden in hanging pots or containers, consider Kohleria digitalifolia, a spreading rhizomatous perennial with hairy lance-shaped leaves and lovely bright pink flowers with spotted lobes from summer to autumn. Semi-hardy and deciduous, it grows on average 60cm high and likes semi-shade.
Thank you to everyone for the faithful support through the year that’s been, and our very best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
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