Maintaining Indigenous Plants.

This regular posting from New Plant Wholesale Nursery in George gives sound tips for establishing an indigenous garden.


Most South African plants are adapted to grow on soils with a low level of nutrition, but they do need some food from the soil, so top dressings of organic or chemical fertilizer will be of benefit. If your plants are growing slowly and tend to have yellowish foliage, give them a good feed. Always follow the instructions on the pack and beware of giving Fynbos too much Phosphate. We usually give Fynbos a little less fertiliser at each dosing than one would give another type of plant.As for colour:,we have a whole rainbow of indigenous plants to choose from. Plan perennial beds and borders so that you can take advantage of the different flowering times, shapes, colours and textures.

Does this sound like high maintenance? Well, there’s definitely maintenance involved in any type of garden, even one that is paved over with concrete, but as your garden establishes itself; you will have less and less to do. With good planning you could end up with a really low maintenance garden. The trick is simply not to make the mistake of trying ‘no maintenance’ gardening as this is bound to lead to disappointment.

Examples of hardy, low maintenance indigenous plants that are adaptable to most conditions include:

Euryops chrysanthemoides ‘Sunshine Classic’
Polygala fruticosa Shouthern shores
Freylina Tropica  *White

Ground covers and perennials:
Cineraria saxifraga
Felicia ‘Out of the Blue’
Barleria repens ‘Rosea’

Planting indigenous is trendy, environment friendly, proudly South African, sensible and, yes, practical! Just remember the rule of thumb: put the plant in the right place and treat it right and you are destined for gardening success!

May you have a super week!
Kind regards,
The New Plant Team