If you’re about to plant a whole new garden or give your existing one a facelift, it can be hard to decide which plants to include. However, creating an indigenous garden with little to no alien invaders is ideal, ensuring your garden will thrive! Before you get those landscaping plans printed, be sure to include these indigenous plants.
Certainly, one of our favourite indigenous plants, the bold and striking strelitzia will make a fine addition to any garden. It is also commonly referred to as ‘bird of paradise’ do to its resemblance to this bird species! Besides its large, bright flowers, its foliage is just as beautiful and lush. As a bonus, Strelitzias are evergreen which means you’ll have a bright and cheerful garden all year round.
A garden is not complete without the national flower of South Africa! From creamy white to deep burgundy and soft blush, the king protea has many delightful shades to choose from. And as a bonus, they attract a variety of bird and insect species, increasing chances of pollination. King proteas grow best in full sun in areas that experience hot, dry summers and chilly winters.
These hardy, succulent-type plants are also a must for anyone trying to create an indigenous garden. Their bright orange blooms will add vibrancy to dull gardens, while their spiky leaves provide low-maintenance ground coverage. The sap found in their leaves can be used for a host of ailments, which means a natural remedy is always handy.
Here’s one for the foodies and foragers! The leaves of this particular species of geranium give off the fresh fragrance of peppermint, while the bright purple flowers add a pop of colour. Use the leaves in your tea, as an ice-cream flavour or crush the leaves to soothe bruises. The flowers make a beautiful garnish on cakes and salads.
There you have it! 4 stunning indigenous plants to give your garden some pizazz! Once you and your landscaper have hashed out the final details, get your landscaping plans printed by PlanPrintSA. Based in Durban, we offer an online printing service and deliver nationwide for your convenience.
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