All about Citrus

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:56
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With the proper care and a favourable rootstock, a citrus tree is capable of producing fruit in excess of 50 years!

Citrus trees can be so pretty, even in the smallest of gardens. They have gorgeous shiny green leaves, beautiful sweet-smelling flowers, and wonderful health-giving fruit packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. The genus Citrus is native to south-east Asia, occurring from northern India to China and south through Malaysia, the East Indies and the Philippines, and records of domestication go back to about 500 BC.

The Saucer Magnolia is magnificent!

Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:25
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Magnolia soulangeana. Picture courtesy Karl Gercens - see his flickr pageMagnolia soulangeana. Picture courtesy Karl Gercens - see his flickr page

The Saucer Magnolia is a magnificent tree or large shrub and one of the most sought after ornamentals.

Saucer Magnolia, Persmagnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) Magnolias have a long history as magnificent additions to the garden, no matter the time of year, but especially in late winter and spring when their naked branches are festooned with startling cup, or saucer-shaped flowers.

Sagewood is as tough as old boots!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:36
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Buddleja salvifolia 'Mauve' Picture courtesy www.kumbula.nursery.co.zaBuddleja salvifolia 'Mauve' Picture courtesy www.kumbula.nursery.co.za

If you want a truly beautiful plant that is as tough as old boots - you need a Sagewood!

Sagewood, Saliehout, ewanci, igwangi, chipambati, lelothwane, umbataewepe, mupambati (Buddleja salviifolia)

This beautiful small tree or large shrub is a member of the wild elder family.

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Virginian Stock 'Enchanted Evening' picture courtesy www.mayford.co.zaVirginian Stock 'Enchanted Evening' picture courtesy www.mayford.co.za

Virginian stocks are probably one of the easiest of all plants to grow from seed, thriving in part shade to full sun.

This delightful little annual is hardy and deserves a place in every winter and spring garden. Not only does it flower profusely in delightful shades of pink, rose red, lilac and creamy-white, but it also smells heavenly.

Cauliflower has seen a renaissance!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:10
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Good old fashioned cauliflower has seen somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and it's not hard to understand why.

Cauliflower has been around for a very long time and its history and ancestry can be traced back to the wild cabbage, and its similarities with kale or collards.

The Krantz Aloe flowers in winter

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:33
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Aloe arborescens Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaAloe arborescens Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaThe beautiful Krantz Aloe produces its profusion of warmly coloured flower spikes during the drab winter months when not much else is blooming in the garden.

Krantz Aloe, Kransaalwyn, ikalene, inkalane, umhlabana (Aloe arborescens) This aloe is a valuable garden asset and possibly the most widely cultivated aloe in the world.

The Geraldton Wax Plant can’t be beat!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:36
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Picture courtesy Ross Funnell - see her flickr pagePicture courtesy Ross Funnell - see her flickr pageAs part of the xeriscape or drought tolerant garden, the stunning Geraldton Wax Plant can’t be beat!

Geraldton Wax Plant (Chamelaucium uncinatum). When in full bloom the geraldton wax plant looks like a billowing cloud of cotton candy as the branches sway in the breeze.

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Hamelia patens at Enchanting Floral Gardens of Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Picture courtesy Forest and Kim Starr - see their flickr pageHamelia patens at Enchanting Floral Gardens of Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Picture courtesy Forest and Kim Starr - see their flickr pageThe Firebush is a voluptuous tropical beauty which produces flowers and berries all year round.

Firebush, Scarletbush (Hamelia patens) is a reliable tropical plant that has found its way into many a landscape because of its  proven drought  and soil tolerance – it can basically grow anywhere!

Boxwood has been modernised

Sunday, 06 May 2018 12:51
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Buxus macowanii Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaBuxus macowanii Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaBoxwood has been modernised and is seen in almost any style of garden today.

Boxwood, Common Box, European Box (Buxus) are popular with gardeners for their attractive, compact, and low spreading growth habit. Their versatility is renowned and these garden plants can be pruned successfully into just about any shape you desire.

The Butterfly Bush blooms abundantly

Thursday, 03 May 2018 13:48
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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