Our thoughts are turning to spring and today we have an example of a plant that would thrive near your pool.

The porkbush is an attractive succulent plant which is densely branched and leaved.  It has a compact conformation and the leaves are waxy and a bright tender green.  The small egg shaped leaves sit on reddish brown branches and tiny star shaped pink flowers may appear from late winter to spring.

The porkbush is a truly ‘green’ tree in that it sequestrates carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, acting like a carbon sponge. This tree normally attains a height of 1.5 – 2m in a garden setting and has a small non-invasive root system which makes it ideal for poolside planting.  It is very easy to grow and can tolerate both drought and wetter conditions.  Also known as ‘Elephant’s Food’ or ‘Spekboom’, it is indigenous to southern Africa.  Portulacaria afra is a wonderful accent plant that can be containerized and is often used in bonsai.