Cycad Garden

In this episode: we explore the mythical Cycad, a very ancient plant species that has been around since the time of the dinosaur.

Then Landscape designer Suzette Madden designs a spectacular Cycad garden

Planting List:


  • Encephalartos manikensi (Zimbabwean Cycad) – available at Lifestyle
  • E. ferox (Zululand Cycad)
  • E. lebomboensis (Lebombo Cycad)
  • E. altensteinii (Eastern Cape Giant Cycad)
  • E. villosus (Poor Man’s Cycad)
  • E. horridus (Eastern Cape Blue Cycad)
  • E. FredericiGulielmi


  • Asparagus densiflorus sprengeri (Emerald Fern) 
    • A.dens. spreng. “Mazeppa”
  • Rumohra adiantiformis (7 Week Fern)
  • Chlorophytum saundersiae (previously known as Anthericum saundersiae, hence our common usage of Weeping Anthericum for this grass)
  • Agapanthus ‘Lapis’
  • Carex “Bronco”
  • Carex “Red Rooster”
  • Miscanthus “Morning Light”
  • Elegia tectorum (previously known as Chondrapetalum tectorum, hence common usage by designers of ‘chondrapetalum’ – Cape Thatching Reed)


  • Portulacaria afra (Porkbush or Jade Plant) – the normal green one
    • P. afra ‘Tricolor’
  • Senecio serpens
  • Crassula capitalla “Campfire”
  • Euphorbia tirucalli
  • Aloe x “Lemon Drops”
  • A.  x “Twice as Nice”

Hard Landscaping

  • Bench using Hat #1 Rust and weathered sleeper
  • Pebbles – Golden Brown (from small to large)
  • Table Mountain crush