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Viewed 3859 times since Tue, Jul 30, 2013
Bacopa Gardeners know them by many names – Bacopa, indigenous Phlox, Sutera or James brittennia. Whatever the name, these ankle-high ground covers with their graceful flowers and light, airy foliage, are a charming addition to any border. A new... Read More
Berberis ’Golden Ring’
Viewed 4941 times since Thu, Mar 14, 2013
Berberis 'Golden Ring' This splendid foliage shrub is a specially selected form of the Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea. It has many variants, each with unique characteristics; these include leaf colour, growth... Read More
Bersama lucens
Viewed 2991 times since Fri, Mar 9, 2012
Bersama lucens (Glossy White Ash) Type: Small tree, 4m. Form: Compact multi-stemmed tree, prominent foliage. Flowers: Spikes of small, greenish flowers, from September to May. This tree is most noted for the glossy copper foliage it... Read More
Bignonia jasminoides
Viewed 1258 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Bignonia jasminoides See Pandorea jasminoides Read More
Blechnum brasiliense
Viewed 1509 times since Fri, Apr 13, 2012
Blechnum brasiliense   A most attractive fern with beautiful pinkred new growth that develops into handsome dark green fronds atop a rhizome-like trunk that attains a height of 30cm. Excellent for shaded, woodland type gardens or beside water... Read More
Blechnum gibbum
Viewed 1388 times since Fri, Apr 13, 2012
Blechnum gibbum   (also called Lomaria gibba)   An upright, usually single stemmed, fern, it grows 90cm tall and resembles a miniature tree fern. It makes a splendid specimen plant in a pot or in the garden. Read More
Bolusanthus speciosus
Viewed 2449 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Bolusanthus speciosus (Tree wisteria) This is a truly elegant deciduous tree with a neat, elongated silhouette in the landscape. It is multi-stemmed with thick outer branches. The bark is rough and fissured and the main trunk has great... Read More
Borago officinalis (Borage)
Viewed 2344 times since Mon, Jul 22, 2013
Borago officinalis (Borage) This annual herb is equally at home in the herb, veggie or cottage-style garden. The plant forms a basal platform of large, rough, hairy leaves from which many flower stems up to 60cm tall emerge, carrying cymes of starry,... Read More
Bougainvillea ‘Killie Campbell’
Viewed 2613 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Bougainvillea ‘Killie Campbell'   Bougainvillea ‘Killie Campbell' is an old-fashioned variety, with red-pink bracts turning redder as they age.   One cannot miss bougainvilleas when they are in full flower. Looking... Read More
Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy’
Viewed 3650 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy' Bougainvillea ‘Little Guy' is a petite container plant (about 30 x 30 cm) with dark purple bracts.   One cannot miss bougainvilleas when they are in full flower. Looking magnificent, they... Read More
Bougainvillea ‘Temple Fire’
Viewed 3254 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
 Bougainvillea ‘Temple Fire' Bougainvillea ‘Temple Fire' is a cute dwarf plant (about 50 x 70 cm). Its purple bracts have a touch of orange.   One cannot miss bougainvilleas when they are in full flower. Looking... Read More
Bougainvillea ‘Tom Thumb’
Viewed 3400 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Bougainvillea 'Tom Thumb'   Bougainvillea ‘Tom Thumb' is a compact plant (about 50 x 70 cm) with small lilac bracts.   One cannot miss bougainvilleas when they are in full flower. Looking magnificent, they hang over... Read More
Bougainvillea ’Ada’s Joy’
Viewed 2753 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Bougainvillea ‘Ada's Joy' A long flowering bougainvillea with the loveliest light pink calyces which look great in pots and in the garden. They need a sunny position and well drained soil. As the case is with all bougainvilleas too... Read More
Bougainvillea hybrids
Viewed 3520 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Bougainvillea hybrids A well-known group of plants from South America that are seldom seen in flower arrangements. Even so, the dusty pink ‘Natalia', white-bracted ‘Jennifer Fernie' and the lovely new ‘Ada's Joy'... Read More
Bougaunvillea ‘Tropical Rainbow’
Viewed 3638 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
  Bougaunvillea ‘Tropical Rainbow' This compact semi-deciduous shrub or semi-climber has cream and green leaves with new growth appearing in rose-pink and the brightest cerise bracts. It is an excellent... Read More
Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda’
Viewed 15532 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
  Brunfelsia pauciflora‘ Floribunda' Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda' is a dense shrub that grows to about 2 to 3 m tall. The leaves are elliptical and leathery with a waxy sheen. The flowers, in shades of dark blue,... Read More
Brunfelsia undulata
Viewed 4223 times since Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Brunfelsia undulata     Brunfelsia undulata is a sensitive species with narrow and slender oval leaves. The flowers are snow-white with crenated edges, and are attached to thin stems all along the upright branches, and new ones appear all... Read More
Buddleja saligna
Viewed 3829 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Buddleja saligna   (White Olive) Use this hardy, fast-growing small tree of large shrub as a windbreak or hedge in difficult climatic conditions. It has narrow grey green leaves and sweet-smelling white to creamy-white flowers and responds... Read More
Bulbine frutescens
Viewed 2722 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Bulbine frutescens (Snake flower) (Balsemkopiva) This small but hardy perennial plant, with its distinguishing aloe-like growth, has smooth narrow-tipped light green succulent leaves and yellow flowers with hairy stamens that are characteristic of... Read More
Bulbs, beautiful colour and bright ideas
Viewed 3685 times since Mon, May 5, 2014
Bulbs, beautiful colour and bright ideas! By Tanya Visser March is definitely a great time to garden, and right I’m not giving you any more clues as to what I’m covering in this article because you’ve simply got to read it all! ... Read More
Burgundy Iceberg
Viewed 3476 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Burgundy Iceberg   Burgundy Iceberg is a beautiful, eye-catching rose worth planting en masse. Masses of velvety, generally wine-red flowers with a very delicate fragrance cover the plant. The colours often vary, from wine red to pink, and there... Read More
Butia capitata
Viewed 2195 times since Mon, Aug 13, 2012
Butia capitata   (Yatay or Jelly palm) is a stately, single-stemmed palm tree originating from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. This palm is used extensively in local gardens largely due to its cold tolerance, which makes it one of the few... Read More
Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner’
Viewed 2386 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner' This compact evergreen is perfect for hedging although it grows very slowly. It is a perfect plant for formal gardens as it can be shaped successfully into just about any shape you desire. It grows in... Read More
Growing Baby Marrows
Viewed 10814 times since Wed, Apr 4, 2012
Growing Baby Marrows   Summer Babies Baby marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchinis, are most rewarding plants for the home vegetable gardener to grow. The seed germinates easily and the first fruit is ready for picking within 65 days... Read More
Meet the Bignonia family, both good and bad!
Viewed 1087 times since Fri, May 2, 2014
Meet the Bignonia family, both good and bad! By Gerald Schofield Much like human families, plant families also count amongst their members both the gorgeous and the troublesome. Some, of course, are a little or a lot of both! The plant kingdom... Read More