ATTRACTING BIRDS, BEES AND BUTTERFLIES
Leonotis ‘Golden Velvet’ (wild dagga) is a miniature variety that grows up to 70cm high and has spikes of creamypeach coloured f lowers. These produce abundant nectar, which attracts pollinator insects and sunbirds. It f lowers from autumn to spring, when nectar from other plants is in short supply. An evergreen shrub, it’s frost hardy and wind and drought tolerant. Growing tips: It’s an excellent plant for coastal gardens because it tolerates sandy soil and windy conditions. Elsewhere, it grows in well-composted ordinary garden soil that drains well. Plants are happy in sun or light shade. Prune back hard after f lowering.
What Leoné likes: The way this neat, unobtrusive shrub fits into any spot in the garden and produces lovely sprays of f lowers. “What a delight when I found this miniature version many years ago.”