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Bella Fuchsia

December 13, 2023 10:01 pm Published by

What differentiates the ‘Bella Fuchsia®’ varieties from the hundreds of other fuchsia species and hybrids, one might ask? The answer…

Cotyledon

Fuzzy Bear Paws

February 28, 2023 11:51 am Published by

Cotyledon is a small genus of about 12 species belonging to the Crassulaceae family. They are generally referred to as…

Festuca Glauca

Festuca Glauca

October 27, 2022 3:19 pm Published by

About a little blue grass… Steel blue or blueish grey is always a welcome contrast colour in the garden, and…

ficus bambino

Ficus Bambino

June 14, 2022 1:17 pm Published by

Ficus lyrata ‘Bambino’ (dwarf fiddle-leaf fig) is destined to be the most popular ficus in the indoor section of nurseries…

fuchsias

Enchanting Fuschias

November 22, 2021 11:23 am Published by

Fuchsias are often referred to as the ballerinas of the flower world. Delightful varieties with masses of dainty blooms will…

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How to Create a Topiary

December 17, 2020 4:03 pm Published by

Ready-made topiaries are much admired but fairly expensive. Luckily it is not too difficult to create your own topiary at…

Grow Fuchsias From Cuttings

October 21, 2019 10:24 am Published by

Fuchsias, with their beautiful and exotic flowers, are perfect additions to summer gardens, patio pots and hanging baskets. Don’t forget…

Russelia equisetiformis

January 16, 2019 8:57 am Published by

‘Firecracker’ This vibrant plant, Russelia Equisetiformis, is made up of clusters of scarlet tubular flowers; resembling small firecrackers, that provide…

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Vitis labrusca

January 15, 2018 8:12 am Published by

Catawba Grape, Fox Grape Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years. Most fruiting vines are hybrids or cultivars of…

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Stephanotis floribunda

January 11, 2018 12:44 pm Published by

Flower of the Princesses Stephanotis Floribunda, the ‘Flower of the Princesses‘ – this rare and infinitely precious perennial creeper comes…

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Spiraea ‘Arguta’

January 11, 2018 12:31 pm Published by

Bridal Wreath, Foam of May Normal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and…

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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Nymphoides thunbergiana

January 8, 2018 12:21 pm Published by

Fairy Water Lily The decorative leaves of indigenous aquatics, like the Fairy Water Lily, and the showy blooms in season…

Malcolmia maritima

January 8, 2018 11:06 am Published by

Virginia Stock, French Forget-me-Not As gardeners, we are always in search of fragrance so it’s a mystery why the sweetly-scented Virginian…

heliotrope

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,…

Gloriosa superba

December 20, 2017 8:27 am Published by

Flame Lily These are known to most gardeners as the ‘Flame Lily’ (‘Vlamlelie’ in Afrikaans) Gloriosa Superba is a trailing…

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Fortunella japonica

December 19, 2017 10:28 am Published by

The ‘Kumquat’ Tree The ‘Kumquat’ is a most useful and versatile plant that bears  attractive fruit. It’s neat, compact growth…

Ficus trichopoda

December 19, 2017 10:25 am Published by

Hippopotamus Fig or Swamp Fig From a bird-attracting perspective, this wild fig species ranks amongst the very best of the…

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Ficus microcarpa

December 19, 2017 10:24 am Published by

Indian Laurel or Curtain Fig The medium-sized, leathery, lush green leaves of the Ficus Microcarpa plant create the perfect head…

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Felicia amelloides

December 19, 2017 10:22 am Published by

Kingfisher Daisy This is a little gem from our local shores. Felicia plants grow into sprawling or cascading sub-shrubs up…

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Ficus sur

December 19, 2017 10:20 am Published by

Cape Fig This large, evergreen tree provides a haven for a wide diversity of animal life. The fig family Moraceae…

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Digitalis purpurea

December 18, 2017 12:54 pm Published by

Foxglove Described as a biennial or short-lived perennial, the common Foxglove is always assured of making a stately feature in…

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Dieramas

December 18, 2017 12:47 pm Published by

Harebells, Fairy Bells Dieramas are members of the iris family, Iridaceae, and are noted for their graceful, arching sprays of…

forest bushwillow

Combretum kraussii

December 15, 2017 2:12 pm Published by

Forest Bushwillow The Forest Bushwillow is an attractive, deciduous tree, no matter the season. It retains its rich autumn colour…

Calandiva

December 15, 2017 12:04 pm Published by

Double Kalanchoe Calandiva plants are ideal ‘no-brainers’, pleasing the intrepid indoor gardener with long-lasting displays of hundreds of double-petalled, brightly-coloured flowers…

fever trees

Acacia xanthophloea

December 14, 2017 11:55 am Published by

Fever Trees Fever trees are tall and slender trees, reaching up to 12m, with a spreading but light crown and…

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Asystasia Gangetica

December 14, 2017 11:18 am Published by

Creeping Foxglove The Creeping Foxglove is an attractive but very vigorous ground cover that tolerates quite a sunny position but…

chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium

December 13, 2017 3:01 pm Published by

Chervil, French Parsley Anthriscus Cerefolium is a fairly low-growing plant, reaching a height of 30 cm and growing to about…

Ficus Hanging Around

December 7, 2017 1:44 pm Published by

If you visit any stockist of indoor plants you are sure to come across small potted trees called Ficus Microcarpa…

Rosa ‘White Iceberg’

January 18, 2016 8:55 am Published by

A gardening book that discusses bestsellers and favourites would be incomplete if it did not include the iconic White Iceberg…

Serruria hybrid

January 14, 2016 12:17 pm Published by

‘Tannie Evita’ The name says it all; Serruria hybrid is undoubtedly amongst the loveliest Blushing Bride. Serrurias belong to the…

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…

Rumohra adiantiformis

January 14, 2016 10:06 am Published by

Leather Leaf Fern Rumohra adiantiformis is an evergreen fern with leathery foliage that can vary significantly in size, attaining heights…

Nephrolepis falcata furcans

September 1, 2015 12:08 pm Published by

Fishtail Fern, Fishtail Swordfern Large-frond, the Fishtail Fern (Swordfern), with coarse foliage, forms attractive clumps of cascading habit. It is…

Leucadendron

August 17, 2015 8:48 am Published by

The plants in the genus Leucadendron make it one of the most conspicuous members of the Proteaceae family and most…

kalanchoes

Kalanchoes

July 31, 2015 7:48 am Published by

Kalanchoes are a succulent group of plants that are tough, heat resistant and low maintenance. Most suitable climate for Kalanchoes…

fuchsia shadowdancer

Fuchsia Shadowdancer

July 14, 2015 8:18 am Published by

Fuchsia Shadowdancer “Marcia”, “Peggy” The Fuchsia Shadowdancer range is sold under the Proven Winner label. This guarantees that these early flowering…

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…

freylinia lanceolata

Freylinia lanceolata

July 14, 2015 7:48 am Published by

Honeybells, Honeybell Bush Freylinia Lanceolata is described by some gardeners as a rather wild and untidy plant, but it has…

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…

Elegia capensis

June 1, 2015 10:37 am Published by

Elegia is one of many plant species belonging to the family Restionaceae, a group of rush-like plants found largely in…

flamenco samba

Cuphea llavea

April 20, 2015 9:02 am Published by

Flamenco Samba The Flamenco Samba is a lovely compact shrub of around 40 x 60cm and flowers prolifically, bearing cherry…

Amaranthus caudatus

August 22, 2014 10:02 am Published by

Love-Lies-Bleeding, Pendant Amaranth,Tassel Flower, Velvet Flower, Foxtail Amaranth, Quilete A much-loved, ancient food, the Amaranth has literally become a worldwide weed,…

Festuca gautieri

August 21, 2014 6:13 pm Published by

Spiky Fescue or Bearskin Fescue Festuca Gautieri has fine, bright green blades and grows to about 20 x 20 cm. A stretch…

Asplenium Bulbiferum

August 18, 2014 12:02 pm Published by

Hen-and-chicken Fern Hen-and-chicken Fern, Robust and stout, this fern has fronds resembling carrot leaves upon which plantlets are produced at…

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