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.
So why a fynbos blog? We have always been fascinated by the remarkable flora of the Cape. From a distance it looks like dull grey-green stuff, but get up close and you will find that it is teeming with life, is full of fascinating stories and has many uses. Enjoy!