Spring is around the corner – some ideas on what to plant

Spring is around the corner. Indeed it feels like it’s finally starting to warm up. Forecasts predict we’ll be experiencing a dry spring season. By the same token we are all affected as gardeners. So, if you are itching to get planting, pick water wise plants. Consequently that will keep watering down to a minimum. Choose indigenous, water wise plants. They will still give a riot of colour. Notably with no hefty water bill at the end of the month.

We’ve put together a list of plants for spring planting.

Sow some summer-flowering annuals for stunning colour. We have selected the following especially for you.

Alyssum, amaranthus, salvias, dianthus and hollyhocks. Also look for lobelias, lupins, nasturtiums and nicotianas. Don’t forget petunias, portulacas, verbenas and zinnias.

Plant some show-stopping indigenous plants such as the following.

Kiggelaria africana –Wild peach. A Fast-growing evergreen tree with colourful seed pods. In fact, it is ideal for small gardens.

Halleria lucida – Tree fuchsia. This evergreen tree or large shrub has bright green foliage. Their tubular orange flowers that are rich in nectar. They are especially great for attracting birds and wildlife.

Chondropetalum Elegia tectorum – Cape thatching reed. This evergreen grass is truly stunning in mass plantings.

Felicia amelloides – Kingfisher daisy. A fast-growing bushy ground cover with striking blue flowers. They look truly amazing in pots and containers.

Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort. This lovely shrub bears masses of light blue flowers. Moreover, they create beautiful hedges too.

Tulbaghia violacea – Wild garlic. This drought resistant plant grows easily. It has brilliant pink or lavender flowers. They bloom during spring and summer.

Gazania krebsiana – Botterblom. These flowers come in a stunning variety of colour. They are also sun-loving. In additiona they look great in pots and containers.

Osteospermum hybrids – Cape daisy. They will add loads of colour to your garden. Furthermore, they are easy to grow and water-wise. Ideal for our climate because they thrive in warm areas. Just remember to prune them back after flowering.

Plant some of these and you’ll be doing your part to save water. You’ll ultimately have a colourful summer garden.

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