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Groundcovers & Perennials

Featured here are just a few examples of our extensive range of plants available, contact us or call to enquire into our larger range and additional information. 

Acmadenia hetrophylla Buchu

Acmadenia heterophylla, also commonly known as Buchu.

Attracts: Butterflies, feeds honeybees.

Physical characteristics:
  • Is a shrub with a single main stem and many branches, growing up to 40cm tall;
  • It spreads out like a mat on the ground. Individual plants grow up to 60cm wide;
  • The tiny leaves cluster near the tips of the reddish stems;
  • The leaves have a fresh lemony smell;
  • The flowers have 5 light pink petals with a darker pink centre;
  • Plants flower from September to March;
  • It is used as an aromatic scented filler in fynbos bouquets.
Growth requirements:
  • Full sun;
  • Well drained soil;
  • Coastal tolerant;
  • Drought resistant once established;
  • Frost tolerant;
  • Can grow to a height of 0.3m to 1.0m

Bulbine frutescene

Bulbine frutescens also commonly known as stalked bulbine, snake flower, cat’s tail or burn jelly plant.

Attracts: The brightly coloured flowers attract bees.

Physical characteristics:
  • Is a very hardy, evergreen, vigorous, spreading, succulent shrublet or groundcover with grey-green, smooth, short, succulent, quill-like;
  • Throughout the year it bears spiky of pretty, star-shaped, yellow or orange flowers that attract insects;
  • They also make good cut flowers;
  • The juice of the leaves have excellent healing properties and will relieve stings, burns and rashes.
Growth requirements:
  • Full sun / part shade;
  • Drought tolerant;
  • Very hardy;
  • Water wise;
  • Fast growing;
  • Well drained soil

Asystasia gangetica

Commonly known as the Chinese violet, coromandel or creeping foxglove. In SA this plant may simply be called asystasia.

Attracts: Lots of butterflies.

Physical characteristics:
  • If you have a large expanse that needs covering, this creeping foxglove is the most rewarding and friendliest of all the groundcovers (may even prove too friendly in a garden);
  • Leaves are simple and dark green;
  • Produces a cream coloured flower with tessellated purple markings on the palate (lower petal of the corolla) in spring and summer;
  • Flowers are produced over a long period and are followed by capsules with brown seeds.
Growth requirements:
  • Fast growing, spreading, herbaceous groundcover;
  • Semi hardy and grows 300 mm to 600 mm in height;
  • Thrives in semi-shade but will also grow in sunny spots if it receives adequate water;
  • Can be planted in any soil in the garden but with plenty of compost;
  • Can be highly invasive so plant with care. Can result in smothering surrounding vegetation with its herbaceous layer.

Aristea capitata

Also commonly known as Blue sceptre.

Attracts: Bees, butterflies and other insects.

Physical characteristics:
  • Is a clump forming perennial with erect, leathery, strap-like, mid-green leaves arising from underground roots (rhizomes);
  • The spike like flower stems can reach a height of up to 2 metres;
  • Dreamy indigo blue flowers arrange atop the tall spike like stems;
  • The flowers open in the mornings and by the afternoon, they begin to wilt and close, with new flowers opening the next morning;
  • Each flower lasts only 1 day but many appear successively over a period of days or weeks.
Growth requirements:
  • Moderately drought tolerant;
  • Wind tolerant;
  • Water regularly, especially during the winter and spring;
  • Full sun to semi-shade in rich soil which is well drained;

Coleonema alba

Coleonema alba also known as the white confetti bush is an evergreen shrub.

Physical characteristics:
  • Coleonema alba forms a single stem at ground level;
  • Branches are erect, numerous, hairless and alternately arranged on the stems;
  • The bark is reddish-brown;
  • Masses of white flowers are borne singularly, the closed buds are sometimes pinkish;
  • Flowers in winter and spring and have a rum-like scent;
  • A compact round shrub grows to a height of 2m.
Growth requirements:
  • Full sun;
  • Drought resistant;
  • Fragrant;
  • Prefers well drained soil;
  • Does not need a lot of attention once established.

Aloe ferox

Aloe ferox, also commonly known as the Bitter aloe.

Attracts: Birds.

Physical characteristics:
  • Is a tall single stemmed aloe;
  • Leaves are arranged in a rosette;
  • The old leaves remain after they have dried, forming a petticoat on the stem;
  • The leaves are a dull green, sometimes with a slightly blue look to them;
  • Has an elegant shape with the leaf tips curving slightly downwards;
  • The spines along the leaf edge are reddish in colour;
  • The flowers are carried in a large candelabra-like flower.
Growth requirements:
  • Drought resistant;
  • Full sun;
  • Can reach a height of 2 to 3 metres;
  • Well drained soil.

Agaphanthus Nana

Agapanthus nana blue is a hardy, evergreen perennial.

Attracts: Butterflies and birds.

Physical characteristics:
  • ‘Nana’ means dwarf or small;
  • Has narrow strap like leaves;
  • In spring and summer it produces blue-purple flowers on long stems
  • They make wonderful cut flowers;
  • Is impressive in mass plantings and borders along flowerbeds and paths;
  • Size 25 to 30 cm;
  • Evergreen groundcover.
Growth requirements:
  • They grow in semi-shade or sun;
  • An easy plant that requires minimal care;
  • Frost and drought resistant;
  • Fast growing;
  • Well drained soil.

Osteospermum imbricatum

Osteospermum imbricatum are half hardy perennials or sub-shrubs.

Attracts: Butterflies.

Physical characteristics:
  • Their alternate leaves are green, but some variegated forms exist;
  • The daisy like composite flower consists of disc florets and ray florets, growing singly at the end of branches;
  • The disc florets are pseudo-bisexual and come in several colours such as purple, yellow and blue;
  • Many species flower a second time during late summer, stimulated by cooler nigh temperatures;
  • Osteospermums are widely popular, where they are frequently used in summer bedding schemes in parks and gardens.
Growth requirements:
  • Full sun to partial shade;
  • Water wise;
  • Wind tolerant;
  • Rich, well drained soil;
  • Drought tolerant.

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