The Butterfly Bush blooms abundantly

Thursday, 03 May 2018 13:48

The Butterfly Bush will bloom almost continuously from spring to autumn.

Blue Butterfly Bush, Bloutontelhout, Umbozwa (Rotheca myricoides = Clerodendrum myricoides) is strikingly beautiful, and because blue remains the most rare and sought-after flower colour for gardens, this plant fits the bill perfectly.

The Chelsea Flower Show

Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:33

The Chelsea Flower Show - Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden

The Chelsea Flower Show means different things to different people; for some it’s all about the horticultural displays from all over the world in the Great Pavilion, for others it’s the show gardens or even the smaller more accessible Artisan ones, but one thing unites everyone: new and unusual plants, and plants never before seen at the Show.

Leptospermum 'Burgundy Queen'Leptospermum 'Burgundy Queen'The Tea Bush is a low-maintenance, hardy garden plant, and a real show-stopper when in full bloom.

  • Tea Bush (Leptospermum scoparium) These natives of Australia and New Zealand are old time favourites for cold South African gardens because they can be depended upon to produce a show stopping abundance of flowers in winter and spring.

The Cape honeysuckle is water-wise

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:36

Picture courtesy Wilferd Duckitt - Lesser Double-Collard Sunbird in Tecomaria capensis - See his flickr page.Picture courtesy Wilferd Duckitt - Lesser Double-Collard Sunbird in Tecomaria capensis - See his flickr page.The Cape honeysuckle is water-wise and a ‘must-have’ for bird and butterfly gardens.

alt Cape Honeysuckle, Kaapse Kanferfoelie, malangula, umsilingi, lungana, molaka (Tecomaria capensis)

This indigenous shrub remains wildly popular with gardeners in South Africa and around the world.

Freesias are one of the most fragrant spring flowers and are said to symbolise sweetness, friendship and trust.

These little beauties are sure to capture your heart and are grown worldwide for their cheerful colours and fabulously fragrant flowers which last long in a vase and will perfume an entire room, bringing spring right into your home.

Daffodils never fail to charm

Sunday, 22 April 2018 10:27

Daffodils never fail to charm, so spoil yourself with some - you’re worth it!

What would spring be like without the sunny blooms of daffodils to remind us that winter is finally over and 'spring has sprung' and there is something truly magical about a deciduous woodland floor covered with daffodils in full bloom. The bulbs begin to grow when most of the leaves have fallen from the trees, allowing the autumn and winter sunlight through; and have finished blooming by the time the tree is in full leaf again.

Cerastostigma willmottianumCerastostigma willmottianumChinese Plumbago is loved for its masses of vivid cobalt-blue flowers from late summer through autumn.

This delightful little plant is native to East Asia, occurring from Western China to Tibet. In the wild it can be found growing in warm valleys and at forest edges, or in thickets. It is named after Miss Ellen Ann Willmott, a celebrated English gardener, and is loved for its masses of vivid cobalt-blue flowers which appear from late summer and continue through autumn, when many other flowers have gone over. Flowering lasts for six weeks or more and is a very welcome sight.

Common Primroses are hard to ignore

Monday, 16 April 2018 14:03

Primula acaulis mixed bicolour. Picture courtesy acaulis mixed bicolour. Picture courtesy Primroses are little gems which are hard to ignore when in full bloom.

The wild primrose is a cheerful little flower with its pretty pale yellow flowers with orange-yellow centres, peeking above a rosette of fat, wrinkled leaves - like a little splash of sunshine in a bleak wintry world. Although they often flower in winter, primroses are synonymous with spring, and in their countries of origin are one of the first wild flowers to show their faces - even their name derives from the Latin for “first rose”.

Bokbaaivygie. Picture courtesy Doreanthus Maria KlangBokbaaivygie. Picture courtesy Doreanthus Maria KlangBokbaaivygies can be used just about anywhere you have full sun in the winter garden.

Bokbaai vygies are one of South Africa’s most famous wildflower exports, and they are grown worldwide for their multitude of silky-textured flowers in a dazzling range of colours like yellow, cream, pink, lavender, magenta, and orange.

Broccoli that matures during cool weather produces the sweetest tasting heads.

Love it or hate it, broccoli still holds its own in the vegetable kingdom, ranking as the world's fifth most popular vegetable. President Barack Obama certainly would agree, and at a state dinner at the White House he once stated that broccoli was his favourite vegetable!