homegrown flowers osteospermum

3 Flower Bombs

August or early spring is the best time to flower bomb your garden and patio with three homegrown flowers!

Cape daisies

Osteospermum, also called Cape or African daisies, are very popular late winter and early spring bedding plants, although they are actually half-hardy perennials in temperate climates. They are made for full sun and will fill gaps in beds and rockeries beautifully with their cheerful flower faces, and are powerful and engaging colour in containers. They flower freely in the cooler months of spring, and after a cutback and a good feed will go for it again in autumn. Bedazzle your garden with homegrown flowers using the following series in an amazing range of colours: ‘FlowerPower’, ‘FlowerPower 3D’ (double flowers) and the ever popular ‘Serenity’.


The indigenous veldflower Diascia barberae is the proud parent of many delicate and frothy varieties of diascia, commonly called twinspurs. Don’t let the delicate appearance of these charming little plants fool you, as they are quite tough and resilient. After a magnificent flowering performance in spring, they will enjoy a short summer dormancy when things get hot out there, only to flower again with the same vigour in autumn. They are gorgeous homegrown flowers used as gap fillers in the garden and are perfect for pots and hanging baskets. Try ‘Pink Queen’, with a semi-trailing habit, for baskets and as pot spillers, and the ‘Diamond’ series, which includes flower colours such as apricot, dark orange, fuchsia, light pink, pink, red and white.

Creeping phlox

The indigenous Sutera cordata gave life to a super range of modern varieties called Bacopa ‘MegaCopa’, which are available in blue, white and pink. Creeping phlox has always been valued for its willingness to grow and produce its small white flowers in shade as a spreading groundcover. ‘MegaCopa’ does this in light shade, but also in full sun too with good heat resistance, and is seldom not in flower. Since the growth habit is a dense floral cushion covered in much bigger flowers than the original species produces, it is perfect to plant in mixed containers to spill over their edges, or as a single specimen for hanging baskets. It will also perform well as a groundcover in the garden.

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