Cactus style plants' clean and sleek finish look great in modern  gardens. Pair with neutral decor and position  with a large patio.

Cactus style plants' clean and sleek finish look great in modern gardens. Pair with neutral decor and position with a large patio.

Trachelium 'Dark Knight', Crocosmia 'Emberglow' and Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' (= Red Baron) (and purple Ocimum sanctum??); Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Trachelium 'Dark Knight', Crocosmia 'Emberglow' and Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' (= Red Baron) (and purple Ocimum sanctum??); Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

South African Garden, Olympic Park, London,UK. South African grass (Themeda triandra) and a New Zealand sedge (Carex testacea), with bumps of Diascia and other herbs and many emerging species.

South African Garden, Olympic Park, London,UK. South African grass (Themeda triandra) and a New Zealand sedge (Carex testacea), with bumps of Diascia and other herbs and many emerging species.

A South African native, plants are hardy in USDA zones 8-11.  Plants typically grow to about 3- to 4-feet tall and can reach 5-feet wide. Plumbago can get a bit leggy if left untended so it’s a good idea to prune spent flowers and tip-prune to encourage a dense growth habit.

A South African native, plants are hardy in USDA zones 8-11. Plants typically grow to about 3- to 4-feet tall and can reach 5-feet wide. Plumbago can get a bit leggy if left untended so it’s a good idea to prune spent flowers and tip-prune to encourage a dense growth habit.

Ixia splendida - Afrikaanse korenlelie (Meerjarig bolgewas uit Zuid-Afrika. 50-70 cm. Apr-jun. Niet winterhard. Droge bodem. Beschutte, warme, zonnige plek met goed doorlatende zandgrond. Plant de bollen op 5cm diepte en graaft ze terug uit bij de eerste vorst. Kan ook uitstekend in een pot staan.)

Ixia splendida - Afrikaanse korenlelie (Meerjarig bolgewas uit Zuid-Afrika. 50-70 cm. Apr-jun. Niet winterhard. Droge bodem. Beschutte, warme, zonnige plek met goed doorlatende zandgrond. Plant de bollen op 5cm diepte en graaft ze terug uit bij de eerste vorst. Kan ook uitstekend in een pot staan.)

South African and companion plantings at Laguna Ranch. Designing with History and the Land by Janet Enright & Jeff Rosendale

Laguna Ranch

South African and companion plantings at Laguna Ranch. Designing with History and the Land by Janet Enright & Jeff Rosendale

South African Cabbage Tree- Cussonia paniculata  These make a beautiful focal point with their attractive gnarled trunk and grey leaf. Slow growing, they would be shown off at their best in a rock and large boulder garden.  Native to South Africa. Cussonia paniculata is an unusual evergreen shrub with a large boldy textured, grey leaf. The leaf has medicinal purposes however some parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. They will need protection from moderate to hard frosts.

South African Cabbage Tree- Cussonia paniculata These make a beautiful focal point with their attractive gnarled trunk and grey leaf. Slow growing, they would be shown off at their best in a rock and large boulder garden. Native to South Africa. Cussonia paniculata is an unusual evergreen shrub with a large boldy textured, grey leaf. The leaf has medicinal purposes however some parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. They will need protection from moderate to hard frosts.

Society Garlic: The leaves look like chives and if you walk by a planting of this South African native bulb and brush the foliage, you'll catch a whiff of garlic. The beautiful clusters of lavender-pink flowers have a sweet fragrance, similar to hyacinth perfume. They open up on tall stems from early summer until late fall. Noted for its drought tolerance. Southern gardeners can grow it year-round outdoors; it tolerates summer heat well and blooms for months. The plants do best in full sun.

Society Garlic: The leaves look like chives and if you walk by a planting of this South African native bulb and brush the foliage, you'll catch a whiff of garlic. The beautiful clusters of lavender-pink flowers have a sweet fragrance, similar to hyacinth perfume. They open up on tall stems from early summer until late fall. Noted for its drought tolerance. Southern gardeners can grow it year-round outdoors; it tolerates summer heat well and blooms for months. The plants do best in full sun.

Ixia Hybrids Mix is one of Elke's Faves this season...this is what she has to say: Ixia is a South African native that’s ideal for a warm, dry and sheltered location. This delicate-looking plant is lovely and makes the best impact when planted in groups. I personally love it as a cut flower and always plant extras to take inside. Try it once you’ll want it again.

Ixia Hybrids Mix is one of Elke's Faves this season...this is what she has to say: Ixia is a South African native that’s ideal for a warm, dry and sheltered location. This delicate-looking plant is lovely and makes the best impact when planted in groups. I personally love it as a cut flower and always plant extras to take inside. Try it once you’ll want it again.

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