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Gardening in South Africa

If you want a truly beautiful plant that is as tough as old boots - you need a Sagewood!


Buddleja salvifolia 'Mauve' Picture courtesy www.kumbula.nursery.co.zaBuddleja salvifolia 'Mauve' Picture courtesy www.kumbula.nursery.co.zaSagewood, Saliehout, ewanci, igwangi, chipambati, lelothwane, umbataewepe, mupambati
(Buddleja salviifolia)

This beautiful small tree or large shrub is a member of the wild elder family and is called Buddleja salviifolia because of its wonderful dark green sage-like leaves which are conspicuously wrinkled and puckered above, and densely covered with whitish hairs below, giving them a distinctive silvery colour. An abundance large flower panicles droop down from the plant, appearing from August to October, and varying in colour from white, to lilac and purple. The flowers are followed by fruits which are little hairy capsules.

The Saucer Magnolia is a magnificent tree or large shrub and one of the most sought after ornamentals.

Magnolia soulangeana. Picture courtesy Karl Gercens - see his flickr pageMagnolia soulangeana. Picture courtesy Karl Gercens - see his flickr pageMagnolias have a long history as magnificent additions to the garden, no matter the time of year, but especially in late winter and spring when their naked branches are festooned with startling cup, or saucer-shaped flowers. Discovered in the Orient, Magnolias were named in honour of the 17th century botanist Pierre Magnol, and have graced western gardens for more than 300 years. The saucer magnolia remains one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture, being widely planted in the British Isles, especially in the south of England; and the east and west coasts of The United States.

The beautiful Krantz Aloe produces its profusion of warmly coloured flower spikes during the drab winter months when not much else is blooming in the garden.

 

Aloe arborescens Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaAloe arborescens Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaThe beautiful krantz aloe is a valuable garden asset and possibly the most widely cultivated aloe in the world. It is cherished for its profusion of warmly coloured flower spikes during the drab winter months when not much else is blooming in the garden. From May to July it bears flowers in fiery shades of deep-orange, which is the most common colour, but there are also forms with colours like salmon pink, a deep orange-red, and also a lovely butter-yellow colour. Plant breeders have even developed striking bi-coloured hybrids which are sure to delight.

With the proper care and a favourable rootstock, a citrus tree is capable of producing fruit in excess of 50 years!

 
OrangesOrangesCitrus trees can be so pretty, even in the smallest of gardens. They have gorgeous shiny green leaves, beautiful sweet-smelling flowers, and wonderful health-giving fruit packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. The genus Citrus is native to south-east Asia, occurring from northern India to China and south through Malaysia, the East Indies and the Philippines, and records of domestication go back to about 500 BC.

Good old fashioned cauliflower has seen somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and it's not hard to understand why.


Cauliflower has been around for a very long time and its history and ancestry can be traced back to the wild cabbage, and its similarities with kale or collards. The ‘cole’ vegetables have a growth habit typical of many members of the family Brassicaceae, with broad, spreading leaves and a branched flowering stem, carrying many individual flowers. They are grown and eaten throughout the world, and include such apparently diverse forms such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, broccoli and cauliflower. All of these were, however, domesticated from one ancestral species, the wild cabbage, Brassica oleracea, which is native to the coastal cliffs of the northern Mediterranean and Western Europe, from Greece to the British Isles.

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