Plant Indigenous.

Plant indigenous it is the right thing to do. There are so many hardy plants that can withstand drought conditions.

Some of us when we hear ‘Plant Indigenous’ we shake our heads and think of the veldt. We’d far rather think in terms of formal, English country style informal or even Oriental-style gardens. We’ve all seen the pictures and we have a clear idea of what we want.

The good news is, you can create any style of garden you like using indigenous plants, and if you’re smart in your choices, your plants will perform better than anything exotic.

Indigenous plants, like any other plant, do need a certain level of care if you want a showy specimen. Most of them need less water than their exotic counterparts (unless they are adapted to grow in wet places such as along rivers) but will need extra water during the first few months after planting so that their roots can become established in the soil.

Remember, there is a difference between what a plant can tolerate and what it actually likes. You yourself will look and feel at your best when conditions are favorable and tend to look a bit sickly and stressed when they are not. Your plants are no different.

Apart from your gardening success, you will be able to congratulate yourself for helping to preserve our South African flora and biodiversity. You will also be rewarded by wildlife and birds who will appreciate your efforts.

May you have an awesome week!

Kind regards,
The New Plant Team