Gardening trends for 2021

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:13
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Balcony garden using a monochromatic colour scheme Image by alusruvi from PixabayBalcony garden using a monochromatic colour scheme Image by alusruvi from PixabayWith all the mayhem going on in the world today, more and more new gardeners are discovering the rewards and peace of mind that gardening brings, and seasoned gardeners are putting their skills to full use, while experimenting with new gardening techniques with great enthusiasm. Read all about the latest gardening trends below.

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Bauhinia natalensis. Picture courtesy Bárbol see flickr pageBauhinia natalensis. Picture courtesy Bárbol see flickr pageThe Natal bauhinia (Bauhinia natalensis) is low maintenance, water-wise, and a lovely ornamental for even the smallest of gardens, with its attractive foliage and gorgeous white flowers. Find out everything you need to know about growing it below.

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Heliconia rostrata Image by William Pomares from PixabayHeliconia rostrata Image by William Pomares from PixabayTropical gardeners are lucky to get some of the most fascinating flowering plants to grow, and Heliconias, also commonly called Lobster Claws, Parrot Flowers, and False Bird-of-paradise, are one of them, and sure to command attention all summer long. Learn how to grow them successfully below.

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Pink Splendour' in winterPink Splendour' in winterCoprosma hybrids are low-maintenance, water-wise and problem free shrubs, which remain firm favourites with South African gardeners because they are available from dwarfs to taller growers, and their colourful glossy leaves are perfect for pots and filling gaps in shady and sunny garden beds. Read all about them in this article.

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Poinsettia Christmas Tree. Image by Michelle Maria from PixabayPoinsettia Christmas Tree. Image by Michelle Maria from PixabayLearn how to keep your Poinsettia thriving right through the festive season, and with the correct care you can even keep them blooming for years. In frost-free regions they also make great filler plants for garden beds. Read all about them in this article.

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I will be showcasing my artwork which includes a magical selection of fairy house night lights, as well as  my beaded secret gardens and tree of life creations. I would love to meet all my wonderful gardening gurus there.

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Amaryllis is synonymous with Christmas

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:30
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Amaryllis 'Christmas Star' Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAmaryllis 'Christmas Star' Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAmaryllis makes wonderful gifts for gardeners and never fails to delight, adding dramatic colour to homes and gardens. Traditionally they are grown in pots, but can easily be grown in garden beds. Learn all about growing these gorgeous bulbs at home.

Dependable Veronicas

Monday, 09 November 2020 13:24
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Hebe 'Heebe Jeebie'Hebe 'Heebe Jeebie'Of all the evergreen summer flowering shrubs Veronicas must be one of the most dependable and easy to grow. Their unusual flowers can bloom for months on end, and their attractive leaves make them good all year round foliage plants. Read all about growing them successfully below.

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Capsicum Pot Pepper 'Fajita' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofCapsicum Pot Pepper 'Fajita' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofChilli peppers can be sweet and mild or hot and fiery. They love our hot South African summers, are extremely healthy for you, and easy to grow in the garden or in pots. In this article you will learn about their health benefits and how to use them in the kitchen, as well as how to grow them, companion planting, and how to mix them with summer flowers for a beautiful show in the garden.

Sweet potatoes grow like weeds!

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:48
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Sweet potato crop. Image by Chang Min SHIN from PixabaySweet potato crop. Image by Chang Min SHIN from PixabaySweet potatoes are extremely easy to grow at home in garden beds or containers. They make beautiful foliage plants which can be placed on a sunny patio and trained up a trellis. Their lush foliage also makes them lovely indoor pot plants. Here's everything you need to know about growing your own delicious and nutritious sweet potatoes.

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Begonia 'Bossa Nova' Formula Mix. Picture courtesy Ball StraathofBegonia 'Bossa Nova' Formula Mix. Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAll types of begonias are easy to grow and are reliable, free-flowering, and low-maintenance. Many thrive in the garden and are perfect for patios, while others make excellent house plants. They are the backbone of the flower garden and perfect for those difficult areas which receive shade and some sun. Find out more about growing them below.

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Tomato 'Heir Rainbow Blend' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofTomato 'Heir Rainbow Blend' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofLearn how to grow great tasting tomatoes with good yields, and how to prevent pests and diseases of tomato crops.

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Globe Artichoke Picture courtesy Celia FinnimoreGlobe Artichoke Picture courtesy Celia FinnimoreLearn how to grow and harvest globe artichokes with their amazing health benefits, and find inspiration on how to use them in the kitchen. Read all about them below.

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Zinnia 'Magellan' mix. Picture courtesy BallStraathofZinnia 'Magellan' mix. Picture courtesy BallStraathofThese bright and beautiful summer flowers and have not only earned their place in our gardens for their good looks. Read on to see what these special plants have to offer.

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