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Ornithogalum thyrsoides Picture courtesy sophie see her flickr linkOrnithogalum thyrsoides Picture courtesy sophie see her flickr linkChincherinchee is not only renowned as an excellent cut flower, but is also grown worldwide as a reliable garden plant or pot plant, and in South Africa it is a ‘must-have’ for wildlife gardens.  Read more about growing these bulbs in the garden below.

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Pansy F1 Frizzle Sizzle Picture courtesy Ball StraathofPansy F1 Frizzle Sizzle Picture courtesy Ball StraathofPansies and violas are easy to grow in full sun and will bloom for many months. Who can resist their cheerful little 'faces' that are sure to bring a smile to your face on even the dreariest of winter days.  Read more below on how to plant, grow, and care for pansies and violas.

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Tritonia Mixed Picture courtesy HadecoTritonia Mixed Picture courtesy HadecoTritonia look brilliant wherever they are planted and go very well in rock gardens and sunny borders. They also do well in containers, and if your soil is well-drained they can be left in the ground over summer, allowing them to naturalise and spread freely.  Read all about growing them below.

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Image by Kerstin Riemer from PixabayImage by Kerstin Riemer from PixabayEnglish daisies remain extremely popular garden plants, not only for their charm but also because they are so unfussy and easy to grow. Throughout winter and spring they never fail to delight with their masses of tightly quilled, single, or double flowers, which stand above the fresh, bright-green leaves. Read more about growing them below.

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Primula malacoides 'White' Primula malacoides 'White' No winter and spring garden is complete without fairy primroses (Primula malacoides) with their abundance of flowers in dreamy colours. Plant them into any shady spots in the garden, or pop them into pots with other annuals for months of colour. Read more about growing and using them in the garden below. 

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Namaqualand Daisy Image by NauticalVoyager from PixabayNamaqualand Daisy Image by NauticalVoyager from PixabaySouth Africa’s famous Namaqualand Daisies are not only beautiful but also water-wise, economical, and easy to grow in any sunny garden bed, bringing warm cheer to gardens from mid-winter to spring. They also provide a vital food resource for butterflies and bees at a time of year when nectar is scarce.  Read more about sowing and growing them below.

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Sacred Bamboo (Nandina domestica)Sacred Bamboo (Nandina domestica)Early autumn is the best time to transplant evergreen shrubs and trees that are planted in the wrong place in your garden. Deciduous trees and shrubs are traditionally transplanted in mid-winter, when they have lost all their leaves and are totally dormant. Read more about transplanting evergreens below.

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Strawberries grow well in pots. Image by congerdisign from PixabayStrawberries grow well in pots. Image by congerdisign from PixabayStrawberries remain one of the most popular garden fruits and are relatively easy to grow, and if space is limited they can be grown vertically, in strawberry gutters, or in pots or special strawberry pots, as well as hanging baskets, enabling gardeners to produce large quantities of fruit from a very small area. One healthy plant can produce 500g or more of fruit per season, and a well-managed bed can remain productive for up to three years. Read all about strawberries below.

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Cuphea 'Southern Border' Picture courtesy MalanseunsCuphea 'Southern Border' Picture courtesy MalanseunsFalse heathers have gained widespread appeal not only for their lush green or golden foliage and abundance of tiny flowers in many delicate colours, but also for their heat tolerance.

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Jasminum multipartitumJasminum multipartitumThe hardy starry wild jasmine is grown by gardeners all over the world because it is a very rewarding and easy to grow evergreen which is loved for its sweetly scented white flowers and beautiful foliage. Read all about growing it below

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Delphinium cultorum 'Magic Fountains Sky Blue White Bee' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofDelphinium cultorum 'Magic Fountains Sky Blue White Bee' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofIt is not difficult to imagine why Delphiniums are known as the “queen of the border” with their tall spikes of densely packed flowers in exquisite shades of soft lavender, light to deep blue, violet-purple, white and rose. Larkspurs are also unforgettable and easy to grow from seed. Read all about growing these beauties below.

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Image by Charlotte Baines from PixabayImage by Charlotte Baines from PixabayHome grown carrots are healthy and full of flavour and texture. In this article you will learn everything you need to know about growing and harvesting them, plus which crops are good companions for carrots. Tasty kitchen tips are also included, plus their health benefits.

Edible ginger is so easy to grow at home

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Ginger Root - Picture courtesy PixabayGinger Root - Picture courtesy PixabayEdible ginger is easy to grow and a popular spice worldwide with incredible health benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about growing and using it at home.

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Garlic - Picture courtesy PixabayGarlic - Picture courtesy PixabayGarlic, be it raw, pickled, baked, or boiled, is the cornerstone of cuisines the world over and renowned for its health-giving properties. Here’s everything you need to know about growing and using garlic.

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