[INDIGE­NOUS STAL­WARTS]

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Shaun com­piled the plant list, tak­ing the cli­mate, avail­able wa­ter and Liesl’s gar­den dé­cor and stat­ues into con­sid­er­a­tion. “Liesl’s love for old French Provençal stat­ues was the ba­sis for choos­ing a colour scheme of mostly white, blue and grey. We also se­lected plants that flower reg­u­larly and re­quire lit­tle ef­fort. Although the plant list con­sists mainly of indige­nous stal­warts, we bor­rowed a few from else­where, such as English laven­der, bougainvil­lea and hy­drangea,” ex­plains Shaun. • Rusty sage (Salvia lance­o­lata) is very hardy and adds colour. • Cape hon­ey­suckle (Te­co­maria capen­sis) at­tracts birds and is very colour­ful in au­tumn. • Thatch­ing reed (Tham­no­chor­tus in­sig­nis) catches the slight­est breeze. • Pink wat­so­nia (Wat­so­nia bor­bon­ica) makes for a won­der­ful win­ter sur­prise when it re-emerges from its dor­mancy. • White con­fetti bush (Coleonema al­bum) flow­ers pro­fusely. • Wild rose­mary (Eri­o­cephalus africanus) pro­vides lovely colour and fra­grance. • Feli­cia amel­loides ‘Out of the Blue’ bears abun­dant blue flow­ers. • Helichry­sum crispum has grey fo­liage that adds tex­ture to a flowerbed. • Plum­bago (Plum­bago au­ric­u­lata) is very hardy and blooms abun­dantly, es­pe­cially in sum­mer.

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