Flowering perennials for full sun

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:10

An avenue of Agapanthus. Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaAn avenue of Agapanthus. Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaHandy list of summer flowering perennials for full sun to light shade

In our modern world we often find ourselves pressed for time and wondering where we can free up some in order to do the things we really enjoy. Gardeners are no exception, and whether you like gardening or not, everyone loves a beautiful garden overflowing with greenery and brightly coloured flowers, but seldom do we count the cost in time spent on creating and maintaining such a garden.


Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:30
Polygala myrtifoliaPolygala myrtifolia

Polygalas are fast becoming firm favourites with eco-conscious gardeners

Polygalas bloom for a long time in the garden, and are not only charming, but also pretty tough and obliging, growing inland and at the coast. They are low maintenance, water-wise plants, which can be grown in semi-shade and full sun. And, because they also attract wildlife to the garden, polygalas have caught the attention of eco-conscious gardeners around the country.

Parsley's got Personality

Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:00

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from my new e-book “Growing Culinary Herbs in South Africa” which is almost complete.

I decided it was time to write a book on these little miracles of nature because there is a growing and widespread interest in herbs today, as people rediscover the joys of organic gardening and the health benefits of using herbs daily.

Summer bedding plants list

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:59
Cosmos, Cleome & SalviaCosmos, Cleome & Salvia

Summer bedding plants list for full sun

All South Africans enjoy some colour in the garden, and especially in summer when we do a lot of entertaining, or simply lazing around outdoors with the family. However, growing plants in the full sun can be challenging, especially if rainfall is unreliable, but it’s doable, providing you select the right plants, and do a little planning beforehand. 

There’s a lot to love about fuchsias!

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:06

Fuchsias remain one of the most popular shrubs to add interest, and a little tropical flair to cool spots in the garden, or on the patio. With about 110 recognised species, and over 8000 recorded cultivars of fuchsia; from large, upright varieties, to those with a lovely trailing habit, there’s bound to be the perfect one for your garden or small balcony.  The elegant, pendulous flowers are very decorative, and are borne in profusion on cascading stems, throughout year in tropical species.

Celebrating our very handsome Yellowwoods

Friday, 24 August 2018 11:36
Outeniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.zaOuteniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.za

For Arbour Week 2018 South Africans will be celebrating our very handsome Yellowwoods

Our indigenous Yellowwoods have become firm favourites with gardeners around the world for their beauty and versatility. They can be grown as specimen trees, and the Breede River yellowwood, being the smallest of the yellowwoods, is suitable for small gardens.

August is a busy month in the garden

Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:04
Bokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria KlangBokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria Klang

What to do in your garden in August

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August may be a windy month, and can still get miserably cold, but it is also the month when you really start reaping the rewards of your carefully planned winter and spring flower garden; and as the month progresses the displays will just get better and better - banishing even the worst of the winter-blues.

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