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Short trees for a townhouse garden

Evergreen Small Trees

Apodytes dimidiate   White Pear

Bauhinia tomentosa   Yellow Tree Bauhinia

Buddleja auriculata   Weeping Sage

Buddleja saliga   False Olive

Calpurnia aurea   Wild Laburnum

Dodonaea angustifolia   Sand Olive

Dovyalis caffra   Kei Apple

Dyschoriste thunbergiflora   Purple Bells

Freylinia tropcia   Honeybell Bush

Halleria lucida   Tree Fuchsia


Poisonous indigenous plants

I have never come across a child or an adult sitting down to a meal of a poisonous bulb, leaves or seeds, but we are often asked about plants that are poisonous to horses and dogs! If you are worried, please call the Poison Centre on 0800333444 for advice.


Abrus precatorius  Lucky Bean. This climber produces beautiful seed clusters of red and black seeds. They are often made into bracelets and necklaces. A single seed is considered fatal, however if a seed is swallowed whole, it wall pass through the system as the seed coat is very hard.

Hedging a thorny barrier

Hedging - Thorny Barrier
Evergreen Shrubs
Aloe arborescens
Aloe ferox
Aloe globuligemma
Aloe marlothii
Evergreen Trees
Carissa macrocarpa
Carissa bispinosa
Cariss edulis
Cassinopsis ilicifolia
Dovyalis caffra
Dovyalis rhamnoides
Gymnosporia heterophylla
Phoenix reclinata
Scutia myrtina
Deciduous trees
Acacia abyssinica
Acacia ataxacantha
Acacia burkei
Acacia caffra
Acacia galpinii
Acacia karoo
Acacia natalitia
Dichrostachys cinerea


Aloe flowering guide

Aloe tenuior, Rambling, 3m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe marlothii, Single Stem, 2-4m


Game - trees utilised by game.

This list will be useful if you need to rehabilitate a game farm.
It will also make your next trip to a wilderness area more interesting
as you observe what the game are eating.
We have not listed the grass species.
Acacia burkei – Leaves browsed by black rhino, elephant, giraffe, kudu, nyala, impala, steenbuck and grey duiker. Pods by game and bushbabies. Gum by monkeys.
Acacia caffra – considered a good fodder tree, utilized by black rhino.


Plants that provide nectar for sunbirds all year

Sunbird Food All Year

 Spring – Watsonia, Pincushions, Cotyledon orbiculata, Schotia brachypetala, Strelitzia            reginae, Erythrina, Halleria lucida, Tecoma capensis

  Summer – Kniphofia uvaria, Burchellia bubaline, Agapanthus inapertus, Ericas, Aloe striata, Aloe cooperii

 Autumn – Leonotis leonurus, Velthemia bracteata, Strelitzia reginae, Tecoma capensis


Edible Indigenous plants

Edible Indigenous
A variety of indigenous plants have been eaten over the years.
Most are cooked before being eaten, other than fruit and some leaves
which are used as a relish.
Leaves – about 120 species are eaten
These are mostly cooked and then dry meal is added to make a green
porridge, fresh leaves are then added just before serving.
Cooked leaves are also made into cakes which are served as a side dish.
At the end of summer, leaves are dried for winter use.
Acacia caffra - Common Hook Thorn

Top 5 uses for coffee grounds in the garden.

1. Coffee grounds can be used as a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds and prevent the soil from drying out. 

2. Steep 2 cups of grounds in 2 L of water over night and then use as a fertilizer.

3. Grounnds make the soil acidic so is useful for Clivias.

4. Add then to your compost heap as the are a good source of nitrogen and tannic acid.

5. Sprinkle around plants to prevent slugs and snails from gettig at your plants. Top 


How to stop cats from digging in your garden bed.

Take a spray bottle and fill to 4/5 with water. Add several drops of one of the following essential oil: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass or lavender. You could also do this for your house plants or to stop cats from scratching furniture. Adding coffee grounds around the plants also helps to keep cats away. 



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