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Plant for Balcony

Plants for Balconies

February 27, 2023 12:30 pm Published by

Following on from our balcony feature, here are designer Karen’s top choices for container plants that can cope with the…

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Mini Aloe Guide

August 3, 2022 2:47 pm Published by

The size is diminutive, but the appeal is ginormous! If you are amped to start a collection of succulent plants…

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Callistemon

December 2, 2019 11:52 am Published by

Citrinus Little John, Bottlebrush, Hot Pink, Endeavour A beginner gardener who cannot decide which flowering shrub to buy, won’t regret…

Silver-Foliaged Plants

July 23, 2019 10:30 am Published by

Silver-foliaged plants are mainly planted because of their functionality – they are mostly heat and drought tolerant due to hairy…

March Gardening Tasks

February 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by

With the long summer months slowly passing into the cooler and calm autumn days of March, it is time plan…

Everlasting

February 14, 2018 1:29 pm Published by

A pretty, flowering everlasting, and a collection of bright succulents, were the inspiration for this colourful pot. I wanted to…

Potting by Water Zone

February 14, 2018 12:30 pm Published by

Plant lovely containers to match specific water zone needs. Responsible gardening hinges on good water management to get the best out…

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Sagina subulata

January 11, 2018 1:52 pm Published by

Pearlwort, Irish Moss This is a low, mat-forming plant with tiny green or golden (Sagina Subulata ‘Aurea’) leaves and tiny…

Sansevieria trifasciata

January 11, 2018 1:17 pm Published by

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata is a tough, hardy and enduring succulent from Africa is making a strong fashion statement in…

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Searsia crenata

January 11, 2018 1:11 pm Published by

Dune Crowberry The Searsia Crenata is a spreading and stocky coastal plant with a rounded shape. It survives against all…

Sedum spectabile

January 11, 2018 1:07 pm Published by

Sedum spectabile is a rewarding, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial with succulent foliage, which originates from China and Korea. Commonly known as…

Pavetta lanceolata

January 8, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Forest Bride’s Bush, Weeping Bride’s Bush Pavetta is a hardy, evergreen shrub with dense glossy green leaves and large, dramatic…

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Phlox subulata

January 8, 2018 1:54 pm Published by

Candy Stripe, Alpine or Moss Phlox As its common names imply Phlox Subulata is a real little rock plant. It…

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Heliotropium arborescens

December 20, 2017 11:09 am Published by

Garden Heliotrope  Another striking plant in all its glory at this time of the year is the continuously- flowering Heliotrope,…

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Dianella tasmanica

December 18, 2017 12:38 pm Published by

Tasman Flax Lily Dianella Tasmanica, commonly known as the Tasman Flax Lily is a grass-like, evergreen perennial that provides a…

Melaleuca bracteata

November 20, 2017 1:54 pm Published by

Revolution Gold, Golden Honey Myrtle, Johannesburg Gold Affectionately known as ‘Johannesburg Gold’ by most gardeners, this has to be the most…

Tigridia species

January 18, 2016 7:10 am Published by

 Jockey’s Cap Lily, Mexican Shellflower Peacock Flower, Tiger Iris, Tiger Flower There is something rather mysterious and wonderful about a flower that lasts…

Silybum marianum

January 14, 2016 12:25 pm Published by

Milk Thistle The spectacular Milk Thistle is huge, eye-catching and drought tolerant! Its massive rosette of white-marbled, seriously prickly, deeply…

Selago corymbosa

January 14, 2016 11:57 am Published by

Plant: Selago Corymbosa Type: Dainty shrub, 60cm.Form: Upright growth with feathery foliage.Flowers: A fine mist of delicate lacy white flowers…

Scaevola aemula

January 14, 2016 11:21 am Published by

Fairy Fan Flower One Australian perennial that contributes a new hybrid almost yearly is Scaevola Aemula, and sometimes the new…

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Scabiosa

January 14, 2016 10:49 am Published by

Our colleague, Gerald Schofield, once described the hybrids of Scabiosa as ‘totally loveable’ plants. Most gardeners agree with his description of this…

Ruschia lineolata

January 14, 2016 10:11 am Published by

Carpet of Stars The Ruschia lineolata is a tough succulent is a versatile ground cover which produces masses of pretty…

Prettiest Pavement

September 4, 2015 7:11 am Published by

Planting up a beautiful pavement garden is usually the last item on a gardener’s agenda, yet such a garden can…

pelargoniums

Pelargoniums

September 2, 2015 8:08 am Published by

One can fill pots and barrels with bush and king pelargoniums, and fill hanging baskets and window boxes with ivy-leaved…

Paving plants

September 2, 2015 7:56 am Published by

Large paved areas in a garden can be very boring and one unfortunately often ends up inheriting spaces like this…

ophiopogon

Ophiopogon

September 1, 2015 12:17 pm Published by

Ophiopogon, or Mondo Grasses have thin, curved, ribbon-like leaves and grow in dense tussocks. They are evergreen, exceptionally hardy, produce…

Murraya exotica

August 31, 2015 9:26 am Published by

 Orange Jasmine The dark green glossy leaves make the Orange Jasmine shrub attractive even when not in flower, but the…

hostas

Hostas

July 29, 2015 11:08 am Published by

Hostas have always been useful perennials for shade gardens, especially very cold gardens. This is perhaps why, over the years,…

Hellebores

July 28, 2015 6:55 am Published by

Falling in love three or more times a day (and not getting into trouble) is a distinct possibility when you…

Gomphostigma virgatum

July 23, 2015 10:08 am Published by

River Star The beautiful river star is a shining light amongst other greenery with its silvery foliage. Its size is…

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Gaillardia Galya

July 14, 2015 8:21 am Published by

Wild Fire Blanket Flower Gaillardia or Blanket Flowers, are perennial daisies. They are valued for their extended flowering season, blooming…

freylinia tropica

Freylinia Tropica

July 14, 2015 7:52 am Published by

Blue Freylinia, Waterberg Bell-Bush, Blue Splash, Blue Honey-Bell Freylinia Tropica with its delicate foliage and light mauve to pretty blue…

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Euonymus Japonicus Microphyllus

June 8, 2015 11:03 am Published by

Japanese Euonymus, Dwarf Japanese Spindle, ‘Gold Dust’, ‘Aureus’ Euonymus Japonicus ‘Microphyllus’ is a rounded, very compact shrub with small, glossy…

Erigeron karvinskianus

June 1, 2015 10:51 am Published by

 Mexican Fleabane, Latin American Fleabane, Santa Barbara Daisy, Spanish Daisy, Karwinsky’s Fleabane, or Bony-tip Fleabane. Erigeron Karvinskianus is an inexpensive, evergreen diehard that will…

Dovyalis caffra

June 1, 2015 6:50 am Published by

Umkokola, Kei Apples, Kai Apples, or Kau Apples Kei Apples have dense, glossy, oval leaves with a leathery feel –…

Hemerocallis

April 23, 2015 6:52 am Published by

Day Lilies Day Lilies are shrugging off their image as simple, ordinary garden plants. They are still hardy and easy…

holly fern

Cyrtomium falcatum

April 23, 2015 6:35 am Published by

 Holly-Fern, Japanese holly fern Handsome and single stemmed, this Holly Fern with robust, shiny foliage, is sometimes confused with cycads and…