Water-wise plants are not only eco-friendly, but they can also add unique textures and colours to South African gardens.
Explore 5 water-wise plants to add to your garden:
Aloes are beloved drought-tolerant plants that add structural interest to any space. These typically Southern African natives thrive in full sun and require minimal watering, making them ideal for hot, dry regions. The unique warm-toned flowers, which bloom in winter, provide a striking contrast to grey-green leaves and are beloved by birds.
There are many cultivars to choose from, suitable for any garden space.
Commonly known as spekboom, Portulacaria afra is a succulent plant common in South African gardens.
Its ability to withstand drought conditions is impressive, making it an essential addition to any water-wise garden. With its bright green, fleshy leaves and red-brown stems, it’s not only sustainable but also aesthetically pleasing.
A stalwart in many South African gardens, Agapanthus africanus, or African lily, is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant known for its stunning blue to purple flower clusters. It’s not only a water-wise choice but also a magnet for butterflies, adding life to any garden setting.
Known colloquially as lion’s tail or wild dagga, Leonotis leonurus is a drought-tolerant perennial with a distinctive appearance. Its bold orange flower whorls, resembling a lion’s tail, make a dramatic visual impact, especially against its dark green leaves. This plant is a perfect choice for adding a touch of colourful beauty to a drought-tolerant landscape.
Known as sour fig, Carpobrotus edulis is a hardy, mat-forming succulent. Its vibrant, daisy-like flowers in shades of yellow, pink, or purple, add a splash of colour to any drought-tolerant garden. It is also known for its medicinal properties – a wonderful dual-purpose plant.
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A version of this article appeared in the Garden&Home August 2023 print magazine by Madison Moulton.