A Fyn Idea for a Waterwise Yet Beautiful Garden; Fynbos Is Rich in Texture, Colour, Shape and Fragrance, Writes Alan Dawson

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A Fyn Idea for a Waterwise Yet Beautiful Garden; Fynbos Is Rich in Texture, Colour, Shape and Fragrance, Writes Alan Dawson


The vegetation of the south-western Cape constitutes a unique flora which has been termed the Cape Floral Kingdom - one of the six floral kingdoms of the world. The Cape Peninsula alone contains more than 2 500 flowering plant species.

The Cape Peninsula has, in fact, more species than the whole of Britain. It has a remarkable variety of beautiful plants; it is dense and varied; each corner you turn brings you to a different species. In other words, there is a marked lack of one species becoming dominant and blotting out all the others.

Fynbos is a unique type of vegetation which is dominant in the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is easily identified by the presence of ericas, proteas, restios and buchus in the veld. These plants are characterised by small, reduced leaves, enabling them to survive the long, hot summers of the Western Cape. However, this does not mean that fynbos plants are spindly and scratchy. They are rich in texture, colour, shape and fragrance.

Each genus contains many different species, each suited to different micro-climates. It is best to choose those species that suit your area and microclimate. For example, Leucospermum cordifolium grows well in the coastal regions of Gansbaai and Hermanus, and Erica perspicua grows well in wet spots around the coastal town of Betty's Bay. But Leucadendron argenteum needs decomposed granite slopes, like the southern slopes of Lion's Head, to grow well. Erica mammosa, with its brilliant orange flowers, grows on the poor acid soils around Malmesbury.

Brenda Szabo and Lianne Thompson, of Veld and Fynbos Plug Production Nursery - producers of indigenous and exotic rooted cuttings for the wholesale nurseries and landscape trade - say it is best to choose plants relevant to your area as their survival rate triples.

Szabo says that when choosing plants in a nursery, look for young, actively growing, bushy plants in a good loamy soil that are not pot-bound. …

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