Plant Database

Level 5 Drought Survivors – What Are our Garden Designers Planting?

Tried and tested - What our designers are planting now in preparation for the hot summer. This summer in the Cape is predicted to be very dry with very little rainfall over our catchment areas compared to previous years. Our gardens need to be as resilient as possible to be able to withstand the [...]

By | 2017-10-16T08:08:04+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Garden Design Tips, Plant Database, Water Wise|3 Comments

Orchids for Mother’s Day

Excerpt: Celebrate your love for your Mum on Sunday 14 May with something that she will love and that will keep on giving! Orchids make wonderful gifts and are stocked in many retail nurseries and grocery stores. In this blog we find out a bit more about the most commonly available Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium [...]

By | 2017-05-09T10:30:09+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News, Plant Database|0 Comments

Bougainvilleas – So Bright And Bold

Excerpt: One of the few plants making a splash at this time of the year are the beautiful Boungainvillea cultivars! From white to pale orange, bright pinks and deep magentas, there are a lot of vibrant ones available these days. In this blog we find out more about growing these cheerful climbing Boungainvilleas, so [...]

By | 2017-04-24T14:20:54+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Plant Database|1 Comment

Plant of the Month: Nandina domestica

Excerpt: A very useful plant that is tough, blazes a fiery red in autumn and that can give a Zen feeling to your garden! Find out how they grow, what conditions they like and why our Garden Designers at Cape Contours Landscapes love them. This blog explores all about the commonly available Nandina domestica [...]

By | 2017-03-20T09:10:57+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Global Greats, Plant Database|0 Comments

Our Best Water Wise Plants – Part 2

Part two of our popular blog on our best water wise plants that we as Cape Contours use regularly in our gardens. We have broken them down into categories that make these hardy plants such tough water champions, we share why we keep them firmly in our water wise plant palette. [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:54:34+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Global Greats, Plant Database, Water Wise|5 Comments

Tillandsias – Ethereal Airplants!

You probably remember these interesting plants from your gran’s garden in the 80’s? They hang from a tree branch and survive on very little other than air, and make a pretty show of pinky and purple flowers in the summer. You may have a spray of them in your tree that you have never [...]

Plant of the month: Nasturtiums

Every month we highlight a new plant (both exotics and indigenous species) and tell you about some of its qualities that we think make it a worthwhile garden specimen. Have you ever wondered about Nasturtiums? They are such a common sight in many gardens in Cape Town, but there are a few facts about them [...]

By | 2017-01-23T10:54:10+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Plant Database|0 Comments

Leucospermums (Pincushion or Sugarbush)

Every month we highlight a new plant (both exotics and indigenous species) and tell you about some of its qualities that we think make it a worthwhile garden specimen. This month we've chosen the striking Leucospermum sp (more commonly known as the Pincushion or Sugarbush), which is in full flower in the Cape from the end [...]

By | 2017-01-23T10:55:14+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Plant Database|0 Comments