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Gardening in South Africa

Carpets of Colour

Marigolds Marigolds If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then marigolds are just the thing for you. Their colourful flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, red and bi-coloured, with many flower shapes and sizes to choose from. You may be forgiven for thinking that surely marigolds are a bit old fashioned, because they bring back memories of your grandmother’s garden. This may have even been true a few years back, however they have made a big comeback in contemporary gardens.

Rare (uncommon) Tree of the Year 2017

Euclea pseudebenus Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.zaEuclea pseudebenus Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.za  Ebony Tree, Ebony Guarri, Ebbehout, Tsawib (Euclea pseudebenus)

If you are looking for an elegant indigenous shade tree which is evergreen and can cope with very hot and dry conditions, the ebony tree is one of the best and well worth searching for.  This dessert plant is quite happy growing in both winter and summer rainfall conditions and is found in northern Namaqualand and eastwards to Bushmanland, where it hugs the Gariep River on both the South African and Namibian sides. Its range extends throughout the southwestern, central and north-western part of Namibia and into the Kaokoveld and southern Angola. In its natural desert and semi-desert habitat it can be found growing in stony ground, usually in low-lying seasonal flood plains and in areas along watercourses, or close by. It is well adapted to its harsh environment, possessing an extensive taproot system that is able to reach deep into the ground, where subterranean water may be found.

Common Tree of the Year 2017

Ziziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.zaZiziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.za Buffalo-thorn, Blinkblaar-wag-‘n-bietjie, Haakdoring, umPhafa, mokgalo, mphasamhala, mutshetshete, Umpafa, umLahlabantu (Ziziphus mucronata)

Ziziphus is a genus of about 40 species of spiny shrubs and small trees in the buckthorn and jubjube family (Rhamnaceae), which can be found growing wild in warm-temperate and subtropical regions throughout the world. The Buffalo Thorn occurs throughout the summer rainfall areas of sub-Saharan Africa, extending from South Africa to Ethiopia and Arabia. It is not common in the Western Cape.  Although it is common in areas dominated by thorny vegetation, it can be found in a wide range of habitats like: valleys and woodlands, along forest margins and streams, as well as open grasslands, scrubland and on rocky koppies.

Arbour Week, Iviki Lezihlahla - 1 to 7 September

Cabbage Tree (Cussonia) Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaCabbage Tree (Cussonia) Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaNational Arbour Week is a time when all South Africans celebrate our indigenous trees by getting together as communities to plant as many trees as possible. Arbour Day was first celebrated in South Africa in 1983, capturing the imagination of people who recognised the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. Trees not only beautify and shade our land; they help prevent soil erosion by stabilising the soil and can be a valuable food source for humans and livestock. They also provide shelter and food for all kinds of wildlife, and many are used in traditional medicines and ceremonies.

Cheerfully Pretty

CatnipCatnipIf you are like many, living a hectic lifestyle with precious little time to potter around the garden, then Petunias are for you. They are one of those rare gems that reward very little care with masses of blooms. Petunias are one of the most recognisable and popular of the ornamental bedding plants. This is probably due to their hardiness coupled with their ability to bloom prolifically. There is a Petunia for every season and for every garden.

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