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. In the Cape there has been a growing awareness as to the value of our indigenous flora in gardening. Local indigenous plants are well adapted to the climate and other local environmental conditions, generally require less watering and care and are a great way of attracting indigenous wild life back into the garden.  What’s more we have a wonderful selection of indigenous plants for virtually every gardening requirement and these are generally becoming more available through local retail nurseries.

I have more than fifteen years of experience in indigenous gardening as well as large scale fynbos landscaping and restoration projects. I was involved in establishing the Cape Flora section at the Eden Project in Cornwall in 2002 and have planned and implemented a large number of commercial landscaping projects in very different environments across the Cape.  I will be sharing my experiences and practical, hands-on knowledge gained during this time in the Fynbos gardening blog category.

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4 Responses to Fynbos gardening

  1. Lindie says:

    Gooday

    I received a fynbos plant as a gift and I have no experience whatsoever with fynbos.
    Can I keep this plant potted in my home or should I rather plant it in the garden?

    Regards,
    Lindie

  2. SeanP says:

    Hi Lindie

    Definitely best to plant it outside, almost all fynbos plants prefer sunny, well-drained spots in the garden. Good luck.

  3. Meagan says:

    Hello, I would like to redo my front garden in Fynbos, and I need some help. Can you help me please.

  4. Mike Ingles says:

    Hello Sean,
    I have recently moved to Hermanus and have your book ‘Field Guide to the Flora of Grootbos Nature Reserve and would like to know the correct pronunciation of “Elegia thyrsifera”.

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