The Top 8 Indigenous Flowers for an All-Year-Round Garden
Looking for plants and flowers for your garden that can provide colour, form, light and shade all year round? Then you need to turn your attention to indigenous flowers. South Africa has long been praised for its most exquisite indigenous flora. The only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders – around 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa. With over 24 000 species of indigenous plants and flowers in South Africa, many still enjoy surrounding their property with exotics. And this is exactly why our most exquisite flowers are being pushed to the brink of extinction.
Apart from alien invasion, there are many reasons why you should always choose indigenous flowers for your garden, rather than exotics. Not only are they better suited to our climate and soil type, enabling them to cope with our summers and winters, but many are also pest resistant, making them hardier and a lot easier to care for. So how do you choose the right indigenous flowers for your garden? Here’s a list of the top 8 that are guaranteed to yield beauty, colours and fragrance, all year round.
- Arum Lilies – a symbol of magnificence and beauty, the uniquely sculptured lily is an extremely beautiful flower that grows fast and can be found in shades of green, yellow, pink, purple and more.
- Gazania – also known as the “Treasure Flower”, these single coloured petal daisy-like flowers can be found in a variety of strange patterns, as well as bright and brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow and orange.
- Large Wild Iris – also known as dietes grandiflora, this perennial frost-hardy white flower doesn’t need much water, or even attention for that matter, and is excellent for attracting butterflies.
- Pincushion Proteas – the pincushion protea or leucospermum is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Proteaceae. It’s native to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and occupies a variety of habitats, from forest to mountain slopes.
- Starry Wild Jasmine – also known as jasminum multipartitum, this drought-hardy creeper grows beautifully everywhere. Flowering late in winter, almost announcing the arrival of spring, jasmine is simply loved for its beauty, classic jasmine fragrance and gorgeous colours. Enough to put a smile on anyone’s face – Jasmine can be pruned to remain as a 1.5m shrub or a 3m high climber.
- Strelitzia Regina – known as Bird of Paradise or the Crane flower, the strelitzia regina is a multi-coloured monocotyledonous flowering plant that boasts a unique shape with vibrant colours.
- The Madiba Protea – a smaller version of the king protea that was named after Nelson Mandela’s tribe, the Madiba protea boasts a beautiful reddish pink colour and is almost 20% smaller than the traditional cyranoides variety.
- Vygies – also known as mesembryanthemums and fig marigold, vygies are easy to grow and very easy to maintain. Thriving under conditions few others will dare to tolerate, vygies boast daisy-like, rich pink, purple or yellow flowers that are simply mesmerising to the eye.
There you have it, 8 exquisite indigenous flowers for your garden guaranteed to yield beauty, colours and fragrance, all year round.