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.
Early spring is the ideal time to divide, or split, Dietes and other clump-forming plants like Carex, Liriope and Ophiopogon. Here is a simple step by step pictorial of the process.
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 […]
Flea Facts These ancient, wingless insects have been on earth for 160 million years and spend 95% of their lives in the environment.
Creative Gardening with Indigenous Plants (Revised edition) By Pitta Joffe and Tinus Oberholzer
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.
There are a number of tough waterwise characters that thrive in containers and love being out in the midday sun.Summer can take its toll on container plants and having continually to replace ones that succumb to the heat every year is tiresome and expensive.