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. Garden design will ensure either a structured or more natural garden.
Once the indigenous plants are established, they need very little attention. If there hasn’t been rain 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.
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.