Seasons: Autumn at Walter Sisulu NBG

Crassula alba

Autumn days are mild and clear with evenings becoming cooler towards winter.

This is an ideal time to visit the Garden when the tremendous variety of spurflowers (Plectranthus) burst into flower to herald the beginning of autumn. Many of these herbaceous shrubs and groundcovers make excellent garden subjects as they flower so profusely and have very attractive foliage.

Garden Clivias (Clivia gardenii) start flowering in autumn near the Lion's Bridge with their unusual pendulous flowers; unlike those of the usual bush lily, Clivia miniata. These lesser known clivias come from the east coast province of KwaZulu-Natal. The bright orange flowers of the Kalanchoe rotundifolia and the red flowers of Crassula alba and Crassula perfoliata var.minor in the Succulent Rockery Garden also create a lovely show at this time of year.

By the end of autumn, many trees such as the white stinkwood (Celtis africana), river bushwillow (Combretum erythrophyllum) and the lavender tree (Heteropyxis natalensis) are all flowering in their respective yellows, reds and purples.

Average Min/Max Temperatures (Centigrade)

  March April May
Min 12.5 8.9 5.9
Max 27.5 24.9 22.6

Explore Walter Sisulu NBG through the seasons:

winter
spring

summer

Last updated on 22 May 2014
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