Benefits Of Having Healthy Trees And Shrubs In Your Garden
It is such a lovely day to wake up in the morning embraced by the fragrance of the flowers watered by the dew. Seeing the sunlight smile and bring food to the plants seems to be a perfect way to start the day. Beautiful plants in our garden remind us to remain grounded as they are—continually looking up and praising the Creator.
Did you know that healthy trees and flowering shrubs, in particular, benefit us in ways beyond what our eyes can see? For one, they rejuvenate our system against all the earth’s pollutants. They also provide abundant natural, fresh ingredients that we can add to our food.
There are tons of trees and shrubs that we can nurture in our garden. Today, we take a closer look at the indigenous South African plant species.
As a quick trivia, these particular types of trees and shrubs are easier to maintain. They are also the best ones to care for when we want to conserve more water. Here are other key benefits they offer:
TREES GIVE YOU FRESH, BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS AND SHADE
- South African trees and shrubs provide us an environment unique from plant species that we usually find in our garden.
- Aside from beautifying our environment, these plants also give us fresh air that our loved ones all want to enjoy.
THESE KINDS OF PLANTS ARE WATER-WISE
- South African aloes such as the grass-type, Aloe lettyae, and the spotted one, Aloe greatheadii, are beautiful succulent shrubs which are drought tolerant.
- Choosing to care for these types in your garden will only require fewer amounts of water for them to survive.
USEFUL VEGETABLE PLANTS
Do you love vegetables? If yes, then it is much favorable for you. You can eat a freshly picked green every day. You don’t have to spend time and money to go to the marketplace and buy vegetables! When you get to the market, you cannot even guarantee that what they are selling to you are fresh at all. So for real freshness, plant these indigenous vegetables instead:
- Some of the shrubs from South Africa are best spice alternatives too. Agathasmas Apicella has a strong garlic flavor great to be added to essential oils and vinegar.
- You can also toss these plants in your salad. The flowers they bear are edible and are best eaten raw. So anytime you feel like eating salads, your backyard garden can now provide the best vegetables for you.
GOOD FOR COCKTAILS AND OTHER SWEET TREATS
What if your friends went for a surprise visit? A tasty treat for refreshing drinks will undoubtedly make their day. Make a fresh brew out of freshly picked leaves from your garden. Here are tips:
- The Leaves of an African Wormwood are perfect for cocktails.
- Meanwhile, the fruit of Grewia Flavescens is tasty additions for other variety of cold drinks. Sounds cool huh?
- If you love to bake, the edible flowers of some of the South African trees and shrubs are great options for cake or muffin decorations, helping you achieve a yummier look for your desserts.
A SOURCE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
There are a lot of shrubs out there can give become a source of alternative medicine. The Spekboom or Portulacaria Afra for example, is rich in manganese, cobalt, and magnesium. Other microelements found in this shrub namely iodine and selenium can be great antioxidants. If you have heartburn, dehydration or heat stroke, pick out a few pieces of leaves from this shrub and mix it with your salad. It’ll give any dish that slightly tart, lemony taste while curing all of your health problems!
- The medicinal properties of other plants can surely ease your pains or ailments. It can treat a cough, colds, stomach aches or headaches.
- Preparation comes in various forms such as brewing a tea or crushing leaves.
- However, we need to emphasize if it’s your first time trying this option, it would be best to seek professional advice before using any plants for medication.
- Not only does Spekboom boast medicinal benefits, but it’s also a water-wise plant that has a tremendous capability to store carbon!
A NATURAL STRESS REMEDY
Are you stressed out from work? You don’t have to go to the spa to relax as you can get it right in the comfort of your own home.
- You can mix the leaves of wild malva to the water in your bathtub as you soak and relax.
- Before you know it you have been rejuvenated and once again ready to face the world with a clear mind and renewed confidence.
EXCELLENT DEODORIZERS AND REPELLENTS
- The South African aromatic herb, Coleonema pulchellum, more commonly known as confetti bush, can be your natural option to get away with odors at home. Stripping of some of its leaves from the stems will allow you to use it as a deodorizer, by adding it to a potpourri.
- To refrain from bugs that make us itchy and other insects that could cause disease, you can use the South African Wild Garlic as an insect repellant.
In a nutshell
Indeed, nature finds its way to make our lives more beautiful. After reading this, we may no longer just rely on the deodorizer we buy at a grocery or the insect repellants that may contain harmful substances.
We can now explore more on what nature can provide us in treating some of the illnesses we experience. Aside from its medicinal properties, the healthy trees and shrubs we’ve shared also give us a great view of a paradise. They provide us an abundance of edible fruits, flowers, and leaves that we can use for our daily needs.
With the healthy plants around us, we can be healthy as well. Remember that we are what we eat. So let’s start planting in our own gardens to help not just ourselves but the mother earth as well.
About the Author: Daniel Stone
Daniel has worked in the management, cutting, and caring of trees for the last 20 years. He works and helps run Bellarine Trees and is passionate about the environment and tree worker safety. He has a wife and two daughters and he enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.