For some reason, Aloes have traditionally been rather overlooked in local gardens. It’s only really in recent years, with the need for a more water-wise approach to gardening, that these delightful indigenous plants have started to rise in popularity.
There really is no mistaking these distinct, contrasting succulents, with their gorgeous foliage, textured leaves and aesthetically pleasing geometric rosettes. Aloes are not just attractive additions to any garden, but their tasty flowers are loved by sunbirds and hummingbirds, so planting Aloes might just be the key to inviting these adorable little guests to take residence in your garden.
Why plant Aloes?
- Aloes are extremely diverse landscaping options, combining perfectly with rock features, perfectly suited to potting and lending themselves to mass planting or grouping with other flowering Aloes of different types or colours.
- Aloes are indigenous succulents, which mean they are perfectly adapted to the South African climate, conditions and challenges, whilst being extremely water-conscious.
- These hardy plants come in myriad colours, forms and sizes and many of these are very frost resistant and flower all-year-round.
What are some of my Aloe options?
Autumn Haze- a fast-growing, clump-forming Aloe species that flowers with clusters of pretty orange-pink blossoms early in the year.
Peri-Peri – perfect for groups and mass planting, this compact, floriferous Aloe is ideal in a small garden or pot. It also flowers for an extended period of the year, from April to June.
Sunrise – A winter-flowering, medium-sized plant with bicoloured blossoms, the Sunrise Aloe grows well in full sun or semi-shade and is extremely resistant to Aloe Cancer.
Tiger Eye – Flowering continuously throughout the year with distinct orange blooms, the Tiger Eye Aloe is understandably quite a popular choice. It’s also very resistant to all known Aloe diseases!
How do I get the best from my Aloes?
- Don’t be afraid to give your Aloes some sun! These sun-loving succulents will generally thrive in full sun, though some prefer semi-shade.
- Aloes require good drainage soil, so be sure to mix some river sand into your compost or potting soil instead of clay, which can kill your Aloe very quickly.
- Aloes tend to be very disease resistant, but some are susceptible to Rust and Aloe Cancer, so make sure to keep an eye on them for any distinct symptoms.
- Feed your Aloes with an organic fertiliser with a large concentration of Potash to ensure they flower to their full potential.