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Vygies – or mesembryanthemums – are truly South Africa’s most colourful plant group. Their silky-textured flowers – in just about every colour of the rainbow – will give an extraordinary luminosity to any border.
Plant vygies in a sunny, well-drained position. Where drainage is a problem, rockeries and north and west-facing slopes are ideal sites. Vygies thrive in many different soil types, and need little nourishment. Perennial vygies can be planted at any time of the year.
Dog Rose – Rosa canina The Dog rose is a sprawling, fast growing, thorny creeper making it a very good security climber and hedging.
In the 18th and 19th century it was used as a cure for rabid dogs, hence the name Dog Rose. Other old folk names include dogberry and witches’ briar.
The fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level and is used to make syrup, tea and marmalade. It has been grown or encouraged in the wild for the production of vitamin C, from its fruit (often as rose-hip syrup), especially during conditions of scarcity or during wartime.
The dog rose was the stylized rose of medieval European heraldry. It is also the county flower of Hampshire. Legend states the Thousand-year Rose or Hildesheim Rose, that climbs against a wall of Hildesheim Cathedral dates back to the establishment of the diocese in 815.
Indian Hawthorn is a hardy sun-loving shrub which is in flower now. It is grown for it’s popular pink flowers and used extensively in Bonsai culture.
It is often trimmed to create hedges, or ball standards. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds