The heady perfume of roses, the eye-catching colours of many different perennials, the rich swathes of different grasses and the controlled formality of a parterre garden greet you at the garden gate. It is horticultural agony for a plant lover to decide which ‘garden room’ to visit first…
When flying over densely populated parts of South African suburbia, you have the opportunity to peep into many urban backyards containing conventional swimming pools kept in pristine condition with the help of chemicals, permanently sucking vacuum cleaners and frequent manual maintenance by the owners. The gardens surrounding these unnatural-looking blue expanses of water are normally […]
In the garden with Anna Recently, while visiting open gardens and garden shows, and judging gardening competitions, I met up with ‘long-time-no-see’ plants and learned new tricks.
When the subject of fragrance is discussed we gardeners tend to think about the familiar, sweetly-scented flowering climbers and shrubs, and we sometimes forget there is a large group of aromatic plants that guard their fragrance until their foliage is disturbed or they are crushed underfoot.
Dealing with potentially difficult shade conditions is easy if you have the right plants. In gardening, the term ‘shade’ is generally used to refer to the conditions that result when sunlight is prevented from reaching an area. As plants grow taller and trees mature they screen out the sunlight and change the microclimate and […]
Ponds have a wonderful ability to create an illusion of space. If you have a small garden place a pond at ground level in the foreground of the garden, with the longest part of the pond following the longest length of the garden. This will ‘force’ one’s eyes to move down the length of the […]
When the Muslims first entered Persia 14 centuries ago, they discovered a sophisticated garden culture that had its origins in ancient Egypt.
In the tropical climates around the globe, leaves are often as bright and colourful as the flowers The hot, humid weather conditions of the tropics have resulted in myriads of plants with bright, colourful foliage. Like the tropical heat, the leaves on these plants are difficult to overlook, or forget once they’ve […]
Some areas in a garden can be really tricky. Here’s an ideal planting plan for a bed that gets full sun on half its length and and semishade on the other half: Festuca glauca ‘Silver Eyecatch’ for the sunny area and Acorus gramineus ‘Golden Edge’ for the semi-shaded spot. This makes for good […]
It is easy to create a flowery walkway if you know what to plant at ground level; we analyzed this lovely setting to get you started. The climbing Iceberg roses are already looking gorgeous and within the next growing season they will form a dense cloud of snow-white flowers overhead.