Known for authentically representing the different landscapes and climates of South Africa, at the same time with the Namaqualand desert, the Cederberg Mountains & the West Coast, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is being covered with a new blanket of colours for the season. The Namaqualand daisies and vygies carpet large areas of the garden, and the spring bulbs and many fynbos plants are in bloom at this time of the year.

It is a feast for the eyes, a celebration of nature and an excellent opportunity to revisit one of Cape Town’s Big 7.

Namaqualand daisies in all colours of the rainbow, dance in the breeze and follow the sun with open faces. You will see Ursinia (yellow, orange), Dimorphotheca (white, orange), Felicia (blue), Arctotis (orange, cream, red and bronze), Senecio (purple, white) and Gazania (yellow, orange). Look closer to see many other annuals like the bokbaaivygies (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis) and the blue flax (Heliophila coronopifolia) in amongst the daisies.

Vygies (pronounced fay-gh-ease) transform into a kaleidoscope of iridescent colour: brilliant pinks, purple, magenta, yellow and white – just about every colour but blue. You can’t miss the bright oranges and yellows of Lampranthus aureus, yellows and reds of Drosanthemum speciosum or the purples and pinks of Lampranthus roseus.

Many bulbs flower in the spring. You are sure to see the cool elegant arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) and tall spikes of watsonias in the garden. To see the amazing variety and the beautiful shapes and colours of the Cape bulbs, including Moraea, Babiana, Sparaxis and Lachenalia, visit the Kay Bergh Bulb House in the Botanical Society Conservatory, where they are on display, safe from the ever hungry porcupines.

Many fynbos plants are in flower and this is an excellent time to see the pincushions (Leucospermum spp.) which enliven the Protea Garden with bright oranges, yellows, peach and red, some keeping going into early summer. You will also see many conebushes, (Leucadendron spp.), Proteas (Protea spp.) and a wide variety of other fynbos shrubs in flower.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is open 7 days a week.