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Indoor and patio plants

Calandiva ‘Else’

February 12, 2024 1:11 pm Published by

For long-lasting blooms in great bold colours, try Calandiva ‘Else’, also known as Kalanchoe ‘Else’. A variety of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana,…

Moths On A Stem

January 12, 2024 10:03 am Published by

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the prettiest flowering indoor plants and they are very easy to grow. The name Phalaenopsis…

Striking Houseplants

November 22, 2023 3:56 pm Published by

Take a closer look at these must-have striking houseplants The houseplant craze shows no signs of dying down. In fact,…

Black Houseplants

November 8, 2023 2:27 pm Published by

Set the mood by adding black houseplants into your home. Many homeowners shy away from the use of the colour…

Turn Your Cypress Into Christmas

October 16, 2023 9:58 am Published by

Compact, lush and evergreen, a potted cypress makes a beautiful, decorated tree for the festive season. Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’ has…

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Ginseng Ficus

September 14, 2023 11:29 am Published by

Houseplants that almost take care of themselves and have significant design value. Ficus microcarpa in its potted form is often…

Flamingo Party

August 16, 2023 1:42 pm Published by

Also known as the flamingo flower or flamingo lily, anthuriums are known for their heart-shaped leaves and shiny flowers which…

Everblooming Begonias

July 19, 2023 2:49 pm Published by

Houseplant enthusiasts looking for flowering colour indoors can look no further than Begonia elatior. These semi-tuberous hybrids are known to…

Peace Lily Care

March 29, 2023 11:48 am Published by

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is an iconic houseplant that deserves attention for it’s almost indestructible nature, beautiful dark green leaves…

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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…

Potted Mini Roses

November 22, 2022 3:59 pm Published by

A potted rose has many uses – it can make a lovely gift and can spruce up a patio or…

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Designing With Containers

July 15, 2022 3:11 pm Published by

The existence of potted plants as contained gardens must surely stretch deep back into time immemorial. Imagine, if you will,…

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Tropical Style for Indoors

November 30, 2021 1:27 pm Published by

Bromeliads can add intrigue as well as wonderful forms and colours to your home. Bromeliads have made an effortless leap…

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The Great Indoors

November 22, 2021 10:51 am Published by

How to enhance your interior with plants. The choices for indoor plant-scaping are endless – a large potted palm, a…

Balcony bulbs

April 26, 2021 9:42 am Published by

Imagine a little balcony or patio decorated with pots filled with flowering daffodils and tulips in spring, and imagine windowsills…

Calatheas

May 5, 2020 3:57 pm Published by

Calatheas make for great indoor plants, and even garden plants providing you are in a sub-tropical area. These plants originate…

Indoor Fern Care

March 18, 2020 12:30 pm Published by

Pteridomania (Fern Fever) seems to have returned with the recent boom in indoor plant popularity. Ferns can be seen on…

Best Indoor Bromeliads

November 22, 2019 3:46 pm Published by

Bromeliads have made an effortless leap from outdoor jungle to stylish indoor tropical plants. Elegant enough to match most modern…

Potted Ferns

February 19, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Fashions may change but ferns in pots have always been trendsetters. Potted ferns have been cultivated for centuries as ornamental decoration…

Mini Rose Garden

February 16, 2018 9:10 am Published by

It takes less than 30 minutes to create a mini rose garden using one patio rose in bloom and two…

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Indestructible houseplants

February 15, 2018 3:12 pm Published by

Too much kindness – rather than neglect – might kill off these nearly indestructible houseplants! If you have children, there will…

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Pot some Azaleas

February 8, 2018 3:26 pm Published by

Rhododendrons, or Azaleas as they are referred to here in South Africa, are amongst the most beautiful of all flowering…

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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Pachypodium lamerei

January 8, 2018 2:31 pm Published by

Madagascan Palm A tall, ultimately tree-like succulent from Madagascar, hence the name Madagascan Palm, with a pronounced stem covered in…

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Monstera deliciosa

January 8, 2018 10:45 am Published by

Swiss Cheese Plant, Delicious Monster These are completely at home in a retro-style décor setting, the Delicious Monster is a…

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Euphorbia trigona

December 19, 2017 9:18 am Published by

African Milk Tree, High Chaparall, Cathedral Cactus Euphorbia Trigona – a tall, slender and erect succulent from Namibia. The dark…

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Cymbidium hybrids

December 15, 2017 1:16 pm Published by

Boat Orchid The genus Cymbidium in the Orchidaceae (Orchid) family consists of about 50 species, from which many thousands of…

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Cussonia Paniculata

December 15, 2017 1:07 pm Published by

Highveld Cabbage Tree or Kiepersol Cussonia Paniculata, the ‘Highveld Cabbage Tree’ or ‘Kiepersol’, is a small, decorative and evergreen tree,…

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Cactus

December 15, 2017 12:01 pm Published by

The benefits of displaying indoor plants in our homes are huge. Plants are a décor tool, moisturiser, therapist, climate improver…

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Alocasia cucullata

December 13, 2017 2:54 pm Published by

Spear Queen Alocasia Cucullata is a spectacular evergreen foliage plant belonging to the Elephant’s Ear family. Upright, fleshy, rhizomatous stems…

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Aglaonema varieties

December 13, 2017 2:06 pm Published by

Silver Queen, Maria Compacta, Pattaya Beauty The benefits of displaying indoor plants in our homes are huge. Plants are a…

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…

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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Philodendrons

September 2, 2015 8:48 am Published by

The last couple of decades have seen many hundreds of thousands of these leafy Philodendrons absorbed into gardens around the…

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…

Euphorbia pulcherrima

June 8, 2015 11:08 am Published by

Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima is a deciduous large shrub or small tree that has rich green leaves with dentate (toothed) margins.…

Distictis buccinatoria

May 8, 2015 7:59 am Published by

Mexican Blood-Trumpet This showy climber, the Mexican Blood Trumpet, from Mexico was planted extensively by local gardeners during the latter…

Clerodendrum thomsoniae

March 26, 2015 11:06 am Published by

Bleeding Heart The genus Clerodendrum consists of numerous trees, shrubs and climbers, including the Bleeding Heart, that originate largely in…

Clerodendrum nutans

March 26, 2015 10:46 am Published by

 Nodding Clerodendrum, Bridal Veil There is no need to mourn the end of summer when splendid autumn flowerers like Clerodendrum Nutans…

Balcony Planters

March 24, 2015 11:08 am Published by

These new balcony planters in fashionable colours are idea to plant up with easy to grow plants in complementary colours.…

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