With South Africa being a drought-prone country and water a scarce resource, we are all affected as gardeners.  The rains have been scarce this spring and it seems likely that we will be experiencing a dry season this year.  Yet there are ways to keep the watering down to a minimum (mulching being one of them). Indigenous and water-wise gardening seem to go hand-in-hand. However, there are certain indigenous plants that are a must for the garden.

Some  of the benefits of growing indigenous plants are:

1. Kiggelaria africana –Wild peach

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2. Halleria lucida – Tree fuchsia


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3. Chondropetalum (Elegia) tectorum – Cape thatching reed

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4. Felicia amelloides – Kingfisher daisy

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5. Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort

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6. Tulbaghia violacea – Wild garlic

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7. Plectranthus ecklonii ‘Mona lavender’

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8. Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle

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9. Gazania krebsiana – Botterblom

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10. Osteospermum hybrids – Cape daisy

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Gardening with indigenous plants allows you enjoy all the colour and reward of gardening without the shock of a hefty water bill at the end of this month.

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