Category Archives: Fynbos Gardening

Fynbos for coastal gardens

The majority of fynbos species are adapted to acidic (low ph) soils typical of the mountainous regions of the Western Cape. Gardening with fynbos along the coastal regions therefore requires an understanding of the local environmnet, pressures on the plants … Continue reading






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What to plant under Eucalyptus trees?

Eucalyptus or blue gum trees have been planted all over the Cape providing effective woodlots, a source of poles for fencing, food for bee’s and shade and wind breaks. I am often asked what indigenous plants can be planted under these water-sucking, fynbos bashing bullies. While I generally … Continue reading






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Colour for your fynbos garden during dry season

I am often asked to help design gardens that will have colour and flowers throughout the year. With the abundance of Cape species that flower in autumn, winter and spring these months are not difficult to cover. However, late summer … Continue reading






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Whats flowering – Disa uniflora

Ok, so here is a bit of a cheaky one but I cant help but put this beauty up for all to enjoy. As a staunch Western Province rugby supporter the red disa has always been one of my favourite … Continue reading






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Why garden with fynbos?

There are many reasons why people living in the Cape region of South Africa should be planting fynbos in their gardens. Planting fynbos is a great way of helping to conserve and promote the rich and threatened flora of the … Continue reading






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Fynbos gardening

Horticulturally, the raw genetic materials of the Cape plants have produced countless showy ornamentals that are now prized in gardens throughout the world. Dutch and German plant breeders have created a multi-billion dollar horticultural industry based on fynbos plant species. … Continue reading






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