O.K. here goes .
A good website listing a good deal of "garden friendly" indigenous plants is - http://mweb.co.za/indigenousplants.htm
3 Indigenous nurserys in gauteng are as follows -
Also try witkoppen wildflower nursery - no website .
Also dont forget to visit skukuza nursery next time in the park , there is a nice bird hide just before it , and you can
have a very nice picninc at the nursery (no skottles) ,
do this on your last day so you can buy a few plants to take home .
Here are some medium sized shrubs that grow well in semi shade under trees, with morning sun if possible.
Large leaved dragon tree
Lovely foliage form plant ,do not plant in afternoon or full sun , the leaves WILL burn and dry out.
Mackaya bella , forest bell bush
Great looking shade shrub , full of white bell shaped flowers in spring , must go under a evergreen tree to protect from frost.
This 1 is a must have .
Smaller shrub , purple flower spikes .
Here are some shrubs that will grow well with mixed times of shade .(most will tolerate more shade , but growth
will be slow)
This 1 is a must have , plant it anywhere , but not full sun all day.Full of pink flowers most of the year , bees and bumble bees love it , 1 of my wifes favourite shrubs .
amatangulu, num num , natal plum
Plant anywhere , even if you live at the coast on the beach ,
Makes a great security hedge.Fruits are loved by birds and humans alike , slow grower when young .
Neesds to be planted under a tree for frost protection , needs a fair amount of sun .
More of a creeper than a shrub , look out for the white version also .
If you buy 1 go for the yellow flower colour , the others get untidy , and need constant pruning to keep neat , for some reason the yellow variety keeps neat .
Shrubs for full sun . frost hardy .
bloubos , blue bush
Largish shrub , super hardy highveld shrub , best planted for its fruits and if you have a hot/dry/frosty spot that you battle to get things growing in . female plants get full of fruit that will
bring louries/barbets/bullbulls etc etc in there droves late in summer .
Not related to the canabis plant at all !
Beautifull whorles of white or orange flowers in autumn when little else is flowering , loved by nectar feeding birds such as sun birds , and is a good food source for them at this time of year before the aloes flower .
Severe frost may burn it black , but simply prune it to about 40~50 cm high in late september, and it will be 2m high by November (even if frost doesnt catch it , prune it down to ensure good flowering and keep it neat)
There are a lot more , but i have got all of these in my garden , and have choosen them above other ones to mention because of various aspects that make them "favourites" .
The biggest hassle you will have is planting under the jacarandas , because they give of some sort of secretion in there sap or leaves that drop , which makes the soil inhospitable for most other plants growing under them .
Hope this lists helps you and other people in choosing some
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