Sutera is creating quite a buzz!

Monday, 08 January 2018 13:32
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Sutera "Bermuda Sky" Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaSutera "Bermuda Sky" Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaSutera, with its profusion of delicate flowers all summer long, is creating quite a buzz amongst gardeners!

Sutera, Bacopa - Chaenostoma cordatum (= Sutera cordata)

Sutera remain firm favourites with gardeners around the world for their ease of growth and profusion of flowers throughout spring and summer.

Amaryllis just need a little TLC

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:32
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Amaryllis Blushing Bride.  Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAmaryllis Blushing Bride. Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaWith just a little TLC, Amaryllis will delight you with their gorgeous blooms year after year.

Popular for their festive, oversized flowers, amaryllis bulbs are commonly sold for the Christmas holiday season. Varieties include single flowered, double flowered and miniature’s, ranging in colour from red to salmon, orange, white and pink, with many varieties having stripes or contrasting edges.

Round Up Summer Colour

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:00
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RudbeckiaRudbeckiaAsk any experienced gardener and they’ll tell you that no garden bed is complete without a representative of this group of annuals bringing their particular brand of hardy good cheer. Dianthus is one of those all-rounder’s that satisfies, no matter your priorities. If it’s a colourful show you’re after these little stunners can be coaxed into flowering throughout the year!

The Bladdernut tree is tidy

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:47
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Diospyros whyteana fruit & pods. Picture courtesy Malcolm Manners - see his flickr pageDiospyros whyteana fruit & pods. Picture courtesy Malcolm Manners - see his flickr pageThe Bladdernut tree makes a truly attractive and tidy subject for any garden and is especially suitable for small gardens.

Bladdernut, Swartbas, Mohlatsane, munyavhili, umTenatane, uManzimane (Diospyros whyteana)
SA Tree No: 611

Zantedeschia hybrids are easy to grow

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:08
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Zantedeschia 'Jack of Hearts'  Picture courtesy BLOOMZ, New ZealandZantedeschia 'Jack of Hearts' Picture courtesy BLOOMZ, New ZealandZantedeschia hybrids are easy to grow and offer gardeners a vast array of rainbow colours to enjoy.

Arum Lily, Calla Lily, Pig lily, Kleinvarkoor, Witvarkoor, mohalalitoe, magapule, intebe, ihlukwe, ilabatheka-elimhlophe, ilabatheka-omhlophe (Zantedeschia)

Today a new generation of Zantedeschia hybrids have been bred from our original indigenous species; not only for their spectacular fashionable colours but for their sheer flower power.

Attracting wildlife to your garden

Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:07
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Attracting birds and other wildlife to your garden can be so simple!

Many indigenous as well as exotic plants can be incorporated into your garden design to attract wildlife, and it doesn't matter how large or small your garden is; if you follow a few simple guidelines you will soon be rewarded with the delightful sound of birdsong, and the fleeting beauty of a flitting butterfly or busy bee.Because of the continual expansion of our urban areas into the natural environment, city gardens, parks and open areas have become vital in sustaining wildlife; and it is possible - with a bit of planning - to create both a beautiful and sustainable sanctuary for birds and other wildlife in our suburban gardens.

Summer Snapdragons bloom continuously

Friday, 20 October 2017 10:50
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Angelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAngelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofSummer Snapdragons bloom continuously during the hot summer months.

These tropical evergreen perennials are tough, easy to care for, and are planted in summer for their lovely snapdragon-like flowers, born on slender upright spikes.

Gardening in the Western Cape

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:32
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Cape Agulhas Dune Fynbos - Overberg. Picture courtesy South African Tourism. Visit their flickr pageCape Agulhas Dune Fynbos - Overberg. Picture courtesy South African Tourism. Visit their flickr pageThe beautiful Western Cape draws millions of visitors each year, and foreign investors are snapping up valuable properties in the Province. For many South Africans it’s a favourite holiday destination, with many even moving to the Province to retire or seek a better quality of life.

Summer Show Stoppers

Monday, 09 October 2017 07:49
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Salvia farinaceaSalvia farinaceaHailing from around the globe, including several indigenous varieties, Begonias come from a massive genus consisting of more than a thousand species. With over ten thousand documented hybrids there is an almost confusing array to choose from.  When it comes to long lasting, outdoor colour however, there is little to be confused about. Begonia semperflorens or bedding Begonias and its numerous cultivars, are just the thing to brighten up those dull areas in the garden.

Looking at Thyme in a whole new light!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:14
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Common ThymeCommon ThymeIt’s time we started looking at Thyme in a whole new light - it’s equally at home in a caramel sauce as it is in a dreamy macaroni and cheese!

Thyme, for many people, brings up happy memories of eating traditional roast chicken with thyme and onion stuffing, or classic turkey with sage and thyme at thanksgiving. For others it is associated with pasta sauces and pizza. But alas - poor thyme, she seems to always be the bridesmaid, never the bride - destined to work tirelessly as a culinary Cinderella in the kitchen.

Landscape Layout for Newbies

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:03
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Picture courtesy www.gardenworld.co.zaPicture courtesy www.gardenworld.co.zaHave you just bought your first home and the budget for the garden is very limited, or perhaps you are just tired of the way your garden looks and want a fresh new look, but are concerned about expenses? If so, it is comforting to know that you can do it yourself - landscape design is not that difficult, as long as you have patience and a plan in hand!

Carpets of Colour

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:14
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Marigolds Marigolds If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then marigolds are just the thing for you. Their colourful flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, red and bi-coloured, with many flower shapes and sizes to choose from. You may be forgiven for thinking that surely marigolds are a bit old fashioned, because they bring back memories of your grandmother’s garden. This may have even been true a few years back, however they have made a big comeback in contemporary gardens.

Rare (uncommon) Tree of the Year 2017

Saturday, 02 September 2017 11:37
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Euclea pseudebenus Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.zaEuclea pseudebenus Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.za  Ebony Tree, Ebony Guarri, Ebbehout, Tsawib (Euclea pseudebenus)

If you are looking for an elegant indigenous shade tree which is evergreen and can cope with very hot and dry conditions, the ebony tree is one of the best and well worth searching for.  This dessert plant is quite happy growing in both winter and summer rainfall conditions and is found in northern Namaqualand and eastwards to Bushmanland, where it hugs the Gariep River on both the South African and Namibian sides.

Common Tree of the Year 2017

Friday, 01 September 2017 15:08
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Ziziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.zaZiziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.za  Buffalo-thorn, Blinkblaar-wag-‘n-bietjie, Haakdoring, umPhafa, mokgalo, mphasamhala, mutshetshete, Umpafa, umLahlabantu (Ziziphus mucronata)

Ziziphus is a genus of about 40 species of spiny shrubs and small trees in the buckthorn and jubjube family (Rhamnaceae), which can be found growing wild in warm-temperate and subtropical regions throughout the world. The Buffalo Thorn occurs throughout the summer rainfall areas of sub-Saharan Africa, extending from South Africa to Ethiopia and Arabia.