Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, less commonly known as the widow’s thrill, is often described as a flamboyant and colourful succulent that blooms profusely when the days are short and the nights are long – which means winter! Flower colours include white, cream, pink, yellow, orange and red. We are also privileged to enjoy the ‘Calandiva’ series, which […]
Crassulas are an incredibly large and diverse genus of succulent plants with many species, subspecies, varieties and forms hailing from across South Africa. Some are so interesting and pretty that it’s easy to fall into the trap of collecting as many of them as you can! Crassula capitella ’Campfire’ ‘Campfire’ is a truly magnificent rockery […]
In the October issue we discussed the Tillandsia genus – what it consists of, where the plants are from and how they grow, dispelling a few misconceptions in the process. In this article we get more specific, introducing particular species and hybrids that are brilliant for the home gardener. The well-known Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), […]
Do you want to conserve water and grow healthy plants? BERA® Urbanscape Green Cubes are your solution. This non-toxic and environmentally friendly soil enhancement product encourages better growth and can reduce watering by as much as 50%. And it’s so easy to use! Let us show you how with this step-by-step guide: Step 1: […]
Make the most of your growing season through winter gardening Winter, the time when temperatures are at their lowest and gardening usually takes a plunge. This doesn’t need to be the case as there are plenty of things to do need to be the case as there are plenty of things to do need to […]
Healthy soil holds water for longer periods, allowing less frequent watering! Water restrictions have been implemented across the country to reduce water demand by 15% to align with targets set by the Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite recent rains received in Gauteng which may see the water restrictions lifted, other provinces in the country […]
A water-wise garden should have plants with similar water requirements grouped together High water use zone (3 drop) This hydrozone should be kept as small as possible. These plants will need frequent weekly watering throughout the year. Plant 3 drop plants, such as annuals and spring-flowering bulbs, in containers. These include begonias and impatiens. Medium […]
Water saving We all know that our fresh water resources are under threat and by saving water at home, we can not only help preserve our water but save money as well.
Garden centres stock an array of portable water features that take no longer than a Saturday morning to install in the garden or on the patio.
Large or small, a water feature will enhance your garden. With a little planning, a water feature can be installed in an afternoon or a weekend, depending on its size and the effect you wish to create.