Lest We Forget

Sunday, 31 July 2022 11:26

Papaver rhoeas Picture courtesy MayFord SeedPapaver rhoeas Picture courtesy MayFord SeedIn anticipation of this year’s Remembrance Day, MayFord Seeds have launched a new livery seed packet, packed with Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) seed. Read more about the touching story of this beautiful poppy, and how sow it directly into sunny garden beds or pots.

Asystasia gangetica. Picture courtesy Frank Starmer from flickrAsystasia gangetica. Picture courtesy Frank Starmer from flickrOur indigenous creeping foxglove is quickly gaining popularity with gardeners at home, because it is a most rewarding and obliging groundcover for sun and shade, and a must-have for wildlife gardens.

I have had so much fun crafting these sets of colourful mushrooms on sticks, and I hope you will love them too. They just add a charming 'finishing touch' to potted plants, and are sure to attract attention.

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Black Clay Mushrooms

Monday, 18 July 2022 11:19

MushroomsMushroomsThis realistic grouping of five clay mushrooms on sticks is sure to brighten-up your potted plants, where they’re sure to attract attention. They make the perfect bespoke gift.

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Convolvulus sabatius. Picture courtesy Plant Right on flickrConvolvulus sabatius. Picture courtesy Plant Right on flickrThe gorgeous, non-invasive, and water-wise ground morning glory can be grown with ease in most regions of South Africa. It is suitable for cool, temperate, as well as subtropical and coastal gardens. Read more about caring for and using this beautiful groundcover below. 

Dymondia is perfect between pavers

Friday, 08 July 2022 13:51

Dymondia margaretae. Picture courtesy Wild Flower NurseryDymondia margaretae. Picture courtesy Wild Flower NurseryDymondia is a drought hardy yet charming, well-behaved groundcover, with attractive foliage, and yellow bee-friendly flowers throughout summer. Click the link to read more about this endangered plant, and how to grow and propagate it with ease.

Ajuga reptans 'Burgandy Glow' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAjuga reptans 'Burgandy Glow' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAs long as bugle flowers are planted in semi-shade and the soil is fertile and moist, they will carpet the ground with their beautiful foliage, and in spring and early summer their pretty flower spikes are just an added bonus. Read more below on how to grow and use these little charmers in the shade garden.

Whether they are used as a thick evergreen groundcover or are trained to spill down the edges of a water feature or hanging basket, this little charmer never fails to delight in the garden. Its versatility includes a willingness to grow in full shade to full sun. Read all about growing and caring for this violet below.

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' Picture courtesy F D Richards see his Flickr PageViburnum opulus 'Roseum' Picture courtesy F D Richards see his Flickr PageViburnums are ‘golden-oldies’ that remain popular with gardeners today for their great beauty, hardiness and reliability, and other good qualities like being low-maintenance, problem free, and best of all, long-lived. Read all about growing them correctly below.

Camellias are always in vogue

Thursday, 09 June 2022 13:07

Camellia japonica 'Hakurakuten' Picture courtesy horti.co.zaCamellia japonica 'Hakurakuten' Picture courtesy horti.co.zaA common myth about camellias is they are fussy to grow, but this is not true as they are also known as exceptionally carefree plants if a few basic rules are followed, and once established they are relatively maintenance free. Read more below about growing and caring for them so they will reward you with blooms for generations to come.

Picture courtesy entireleaves from flickrPicture courtesy entireleaves from flickrPoker plants are esteemed throughout the world and these proudly South African plants are a familiar sight in many of our gardens, parks and public spaces. They grow easily throughout the country and are essential in wildlife gardens. Read more about pokers and how to grow them in the garden below.

Aloe thraskii Picture courtesy Kumbula NurseryAloe thraskii Picture courtesy Kumbula NurseryThe dune aloe is easy to cultivate under a wide variety of climatic conditions, provided it is planted in full sun and in well-drained soil. It is also a good choice for inland gardens with mild winters, and not overly damp summers. Read all about this beautiful and resilient aloe below.

The Camphor Bush is as tough as nails

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 14:52

TTarchonanthus camphoratus. Picture courtesy Bernard DUPONT See his Flickr pageTarchonanthus camphoratus. Picture courtesy Bernard DUPONT See his Flickr pagehe camphor bush tolerates coastal exposure, impoverished soils, wind, drought, and severely cold weather. For such a tough plant it is also remarkably attractive with its overall silvery look. Read more below about this amazing plant, how to grow it, and its many uses.

Snapdragons never go out of fashion

Sunday, 01 May 2022 16:45

Antirrhinum 'Snapshot' Mix. Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAntirrhinum 'Snapshot' Mix. Picture courtesy Ball StraathofSnapdragons are reliable and easy to grow, and although they can be planted throughout the year in many regions, they really thrive during the cooler months.  Dwarf and tall varieties are available in a staggering range of flower colours. Read more below about their history and uses, and how to grow snaps successfully.  

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