Carpet daisy, silver carpet Dymondia margaretae Dymondia margaretae,is a mat-forming groundcover with curly, greyish green leaves and yellow daisy-like flowers in summer − an excellent subject to plant between paving stones. It likes a moist, lightly-shaded position, but will tolerate full sun if watered regularly. This plant occurs naturally in sandy coastal flats, from Bredasdorp to Swellendam. […]
If you want a new lawn that establishes within a month or so, use sods. This option is expensive but creates an instant effect. Before deciding on the job, visit the websites of lawn suppliers to check on the availability of different instant lawn types to suit your climate and needs, the price per square […]
Extract from book: ESSENTIAL ORGANICS the legacy of Irmela Reichardt A perfectly groomed lush, green lawn sets the tone of a garden, and most gardeners are prepared to spend a lot of money on fertiliser, herbicides and water to achieve this. It is however possible to have a lovely green organic lawn without an expensive […]
Summer Lawn Q&A Question: If lawns are fertilised regularly, do they require mowing more often than lawns that have not been fertilised? Answer: Well-fertilised lawns are healthy and have a dense growth habit with a thick and even coverage. They’re also likely to have fewer weeds and other undesirable plants competing with the grass, so […]
Mexican Feather Grass The beautiful Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’, which is always waving in the wind, is another favourite with the grass lovers. It looks very dramatic when planted en masse in a controlled landscape, such as a large garden, and it contrasts beautifully with dainty-flowering tall perennials.
Spring is the best time to sow lawn grass seed.
Black mondo grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (black mondo grass) is a small but dramatic ornamental grass with narrow, dark purple to black leaves. The flowers are followed by shiny black berries. A slow grower, it takes the patience of Job to cultivate black mondo grass to its full glory, but the wait is definitely worth […]
‘Kyoto Dwarf’ (Dwarf mondo grass or lilyturf) Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Kyoto’ is a dwarf mondo grass, and probably one of the most popular ground covers on the market today. It is planted between stepping and paving stones as a softener, and used to replace lawns that are battling to grow in the shade. Plant size about […]
Variegated Mondo Grass, Jaburan Lilyturf, Variegated Lilyturf Ophiopogon jaburan ‘Vittatus’ has green and white variegated, ribbon-like leaves and produces flowers during the summer. It makes a lovely contrast grass for planting between other plants in shades of green. Plant size about 40 x 40 cm. Mondo grasses have thin, curved, ribbon-like leaves and grow in […]
The Japanese are especially fond of Miscanthus sinensis, an ornamental grass that features prominently in their rituals. Both of us have planted a new variety called Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cabaret’ and we were highly impressed with it. ‘Cabaret’ forms a dense clump over 1 m tall and about 2 m wide. Its slender, ribbon-shaped […]