Aloes include a wide range of succulent plants that are found growing naturally mainly in Africa and Madagascar. Some 125 different species are indigenous to South Africa, whilst numerous garden hybrids have been bred to ensure superior garden performance. The range in terms of plant size, shape, texture and flowers is enormous and growing continuously as more hybrids are introduced. The colourful flowers are rich in nectar and attract copious amounts of birds and insects
to the garden whilst in bloom. Aloes are drought hardy and easy to grow in most climates.
Some are far more frost or cold tolerant than others. Select wisely for planting in colder climates. The same applies to areas with high summer rainfall, not all aloes can withstand these wet conditions. Again, choose hybrids and species that can endure these growing conditions.
Aloes have a number of pests and diseases that need to be identified and controlled with suitable pesticides: