Décor & Gardening

Why you should consider planting an indigenous garden

Why you should consider planting an indigenous garden

The concept of ‘planting indigenous’ has been around for quite some time but many homeowners find making the move to a completely indigenous garden somewhat daunting.

South African landscaper and botanist, Elsa Pooley, said that there are many misconceptions surrounding indigenous gardens, and sourcing indigenous plants is often quite difficult.

“With a little bit of guidance, creating your own indigenous garden is easily done.”


Indigenous plants are much hardier and require less water than their exotic counterparts. They do require some water but are much better adapted to local conditions.

Attracts birds and wildlife

Indigenous plants will attract butterflies, birds and a variety of wildlife to the garden. Using a variety of plants ensures a range of wildlife will be attracted to your garden.


With careful planning, one can find indigenous plants that bloom or fruit in every month of the year.  Leaf colour and texture also helps to enhance the garden. The garden design will ensure either a structured or more natural garden.

Low maintenance

Once the indigenous plants are established, they need very little attention. If there hasn’t been raining in a while, they might require some water and you can add fertiliser or compost but it’s certainly not essential. They have developed to withstand local conditions.

Value enhancing

It takes about three months for an indigenous garden to settle and fill out. Within a year, it can be well established. Trees will take more time to reach maturity. An indigenous garden is low maintenance and can add value to a home.


Get It Joburg West – November 2018

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