10 Jun Great indigenous frost and drought beaters
We at Hibiscus Garden services handle both Residential and Commercial/industrial gardening services and we tend to look for things that will work in as many applications as possible.
We live in a country that does have to deal with quite a bit of frost, particularly around this time of the year and of course we also face very dry conditions in many places and sometimes even drought.
We have written a number of articles on being water-wise but one of the solutions is simply in what you chose to plant, especially in an areas where we have hardy, but very beautiful indigenous plants. Frost too is a problem that can be dealt with by planting plants that deal well with it and this article highlights a few local indigenous plant choices that we believe do both.
Another advantage of these particular choices is that they look great together and will grow well pretty much throughout the country. Suffice to say they are all great indigenous frost and drought beaters!
We give only the common names as none of these are well known by their official names. A very good local publication on indigenous plants ‘the Indigenous gardener’ describes these beautifully and thanks to them for some of the following information…
The White lady or Kalanchoe
This beautiful plant is easy to maintain, but one needs to cut the flowering stalks back as they fall over. During the flowering season, they’re dusted in a silvery powder which is coating is sticky to the touch. These are winter plants, flowering from May through to August and they harmonise beautifully with the grey and silver tones of the Book Aloe. Their forms match those of the Aloe, tall, slender and stately.
The Book Aloe
This lovely Aloe’s leaves are blue-grey, edged in reds as the dry season lengthens, carrying sharp marginal teeth along their edges. They are tall flowers well above the leaves at the top of long stalks with slender spires of silver-orange. These also flower from May through to July.
This is a ground-hugging plant to cover the ground beneath the hard, stiff leaves of the white lady and Aloe, but without smothering them. Tiny yellow flowers balance on top of the thinnest of stalks on and off through the year. This tenacious groundcover flowers almost year-round.
Gazania or Botterblom
Where to plant: rockeries, as edging plants in sunny beds, as a groundcover around tall aloes. There is an extensive range of colours now available, from plain to patterned, from white to dark red. These stand above the dark green or grey, strappy leaves. Plants are in flower from August through to April.
Effective and versatile
These hardy indigenous plants are versatile and effective, pretty much as we view the services we provide at Hibiscus Garden service. We always seek the most effective solutions for our residential, commercial and Inductrial clients