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.
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 […]
Coastal Gardening in South Africa By Allan Haschick Most conventional gardening books assume that everyone experiences the same conditions in their garden, no matter where they live, but this is seldom the reality.
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 […]