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Simple Autumn & Winter Containers
By Anno Torr
KLEINIA FULGENS & KALANCHOE SEXANGULARIS
Coral Senecio and Bushveld Kalanchoe, Red-leaved Kalanchoe
The summer green of Kalanchoe sexangularis turns to hot russet and red in the dry autumn and winter months, set off beautifully by the grey-green fingers of the Kleinia. These succulent perennials have strong stems and a dense growth habit that helps them stand upright when packed tightly into this mirror-smooth, sky-blue pot. A few stems will spill over the edge in time; I’d pinch most off to maintain the clean silhouette of the arrangement and keep the gorgeous pot in full view. Lemon yellow flowers will hang heavily from the stem tips in June and July striking against the red leaves - dark maroon should you withhold water at this time. Cut the plants back after flowering.
The Coral Senecio pop out coral buttons in May and June and through much of July in inland gardens.
Framing the display is Crassula streyi with olive green and maroon leaves and a purple-flowering vygie that ripples down the low wall behind. Gorgeous.
Light conditions: full sun; afternoon shade
Water needs: low
Size: Kleinia: 50 – 60 cm; Kalanchoe: 60 cm
In flower: May, June, July
White Paintbrush; Witpoeierkwas; licishamlilo; uzeneke
The clean lines of these elegant clay pots need no embellishment and a simple planting of just one species, the gorgeous white Paintbrush, Haemanthus albiflos, is all that’s required.
I love the textural contrast between the smooth, glossy leaves and rough, earthy surfaces of the house, containers, and stone pile alongside. This gorgeous arrangement graces the patio of Landscape Architect, Emmarie Otto.
"In late autumn to early winter (April, May, and June), the beautiful Haemanthus albiflos, with its showy, white flowers, provide a beautiful display in the shade areas of the garden. This evergreen bulb, which grows in rocky areas in the wild, produces a spectacular bunch of white flowers which bloom for an extended period of time. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and, after flowering, the plants produce red fruits. The striking, dark green, oblong leaves make it an attractive plant throughout the year. Although not endemic to the area, it a very easy plant to grow and perfectly suited to growing in pots. When the Paintbrush does not produce its annual flowers, it is time to divide the plant. A suitable alternative for a Highveld grassland garden is Haemanthus humilis, also a shade-loving plant, which flowers in summer.
Light conditions: shade; dappled shade
Water needs: low; moderate
Size: 25 cm x 40 cm
In flower: May, June