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groundcovers

5 Purposeful Groundcovers

January 21, 2022 2:09 pm Published by

Indigenous groundcovering plants are cheap, functional, and tough as old garden boots. Plant these in your pretty spaces and problem…

topiary

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…

Marigolds

September 11, 2020 2:38 pm Published by

Hello sunshine! That’s the cheerful greeting you get from marigolds, and what better tonic is there than a bed, border…

Bridelia Micrantha

November 27, 2018 12:13 pm Published by

Mitzeeri or Coastal Golden Leaf Bridelia Micrantha is a medium to large deciduous tree (can reach 20m, though normally 8…

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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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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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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Phalaenopsis

January 8, 2018 2:03 pm Published by

Moth Orchid If you live in a subtropical region, these awesome beauties are for you. Also known as the Moth…

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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…

Magnolia grandiflora

January 8, 2018 11:09 am Published by

Little Gem Magnolia grandiflora is a handsome evergreen tree that originates from the South Eastern parts of the USA. Today…

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…

Mazus reptans

January 8, 2018 10:59 am Published by

Creeping Mazus Creeping Mazus is a mat-forming plant with lance-shaped, light green leaves. It produces small, lobelia-like flowers in either…

melaleuca alternifolia

Melaleuca alternifolia

January 8, 2018 10:57 am Published by

The Tree of Health The tea tree is an incredibly powerful medicinal plant, and beautiful too. There’s a lovely, peaceful…

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Melianthus major 

January 8, 2018 10:48 am Published by

Honey Flower (Kruidjie-Roer-my-Nie) The Honey Flower is a bushy evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2 metres high is…

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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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Myrciaria cauliflora

January 8, 2018 10:42 am Published by

Jaboticaba Myrciaria Caulifl­ora (Jaboticaba) is both attractive as a garden ornamental and productive, bearing an abundance of delicious fruit during…

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Malus ­oribunda

January 8, 2018 10:31 am Published by

Japanese Crab Apple Malus Oribunda is a small, deciduous tree that is smothered in delicate blossoms during spring. The deep,…

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Leptospermum scoparium

January 8, 2018 8:57 am Published by

‘Cherry Brandy’ Miniature Tea Bush Leptospermum scoparium, with their dark, plum-coloured leaves and dense foliage of the miniature tea bush…

Lysimachia nummularia

January 8, 2018 8:20 am Published by

Golden Creeping Jenny or Moneywort Lysimachia nummularia is a low ground hugging cover that has soft stems that root as…

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Leonotis leonurus

January 8, 2018 8:17 am Published by

‘Minaret Flower’, Wild Dagga, Wildedagga Leonotis Leonurus is a very important traditional medicinal plant that has a naturally wide distribution…

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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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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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Echinocactus grussonii

December 19, 2017 9:04 am Published by

Golden Barrel Cactus or Mother-in-law’s Cushion The Echinocactus grussonii is a large barrel shaped cactus originating from Mexico. The swollen…

Dissotis canescens

December 18, 2017 1:00 pm Published by

The cosmopolitan family Melastomataceae is a very large group of more than 3 000 species of perennials, climbers, shrubs and…

choisya ternata

Choisya ternata

December 15, 2017 12:16 pm Published by

Mexican Orange Blossom The Choisya Ternata is a compact, evergreen shrub with a neat and tidy growth habit attaining an…

Ochna serrulata

November 20, 2017 2:27 pm Published by

Carnival Bush, Mickey Mouse Bush The Mickey Mouse bush is a stunning garden subject that will eventually grow about 1.8…

Myrtus communis

November 20, 2017 2:06 pm Published by

Compacta, Dwarf Myrtle, Myrtle A well-known healing herb, Myrtus Communis, which is more often referred to simply as ‘Myrtle’, is…

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…

Syzygium paniculatum

Syzygium paniculatum

January 15, 2016 11:09 am Published by

Syzygium Paniculatum is a well-known garden shrub with a multitude of uses. It is evergreen, has dense foliage, and grows rapidly…

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…

Petunia x atkinsiana

September 2, 2015 8:44 am Published by

‘Marvel Beauty’ – ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Raspberry’ The Marvel Beauty – Blueberry and Rasberry – are exciting varieties with unique flower…

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…

Myrtaceae family

September 1, 2015 11:52 am Published by

Myrtle Myrtaceae is a large family of mainly trees and shrubs, including the Myrtle, with over a hundred different genera,…

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…

Murdannia simplex

August 31, 2015 9:17 am Published by

Type: Groundcover, 10cm.Form: Clumping, with lanceolate dark green leaves.Murdannia Flowers: Mauve, in terminal clusters, from September to May. The Murdannia…

dwaba berry

Monanthotaxis caffra

August 31, 2015 8:53 am Published by

Dwaba Berry,  Dwababessie Type: Medium shrub, 2m.Form: Woody scrambler with sparse foliage.Flowers: Insignificant cream flowers, from December to March.Why plant…

Miscanthus

August 31, 2015 8:39 am Published by

Bring movement into your garden with ornamental grasses and colourful companions such as Miscanthus. Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ Common…

Microlepia speluncae

August 31, 2015 8:26 am Published by

Limpleaf Fern Tall growing, the Limpleaf Fern can reach a height of 1,5m. It is a clump-forming fern with lime…

Metarungia longistrobus

August 31, 2015 8:13 am Published by

The Metarungia Longistrobus needs little attention, provided that the plants are well mulched and fed with an organic fertiliser twice…

Magnolia x soulangeana

August 25, 2015 6:29 am Published by

Saucer Magnolia Magnolia x Soulangeana is a small, deciduous tree that grows to approximately 6 x 6 m, making it ideal…

Mackaya bella

August 25, 2015 6:24 am Published by

River Bells Mackaya bella, commonly called River Bells, this evergreen shrub grows naturally under trees and close to water. Hence…

Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’

June 11, 2015 7:34 am Published by

Dwarf Morning Glory Delicate, petite blue flowers cover these grey-foliage plants for months on end. Evolvulus, heat and drought-tolerant, these…

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…

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…

cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatus

March 27, 2015 10:47 am Published by

 Garden Cosmos or Mexican Aster From March through into April and always around the Easter holidays, fields of self-sown Cosmos spring…

acorus gramineus

Acorus Gramineus

August 22, 2014 9:32 am Published by

‘Golden Edge’, ‘Mini-Gold’ & Variegatus Acorus Gramineus ‘Golden Edge’ is a grass-like evergreen perennial with delicate, slightly curved foliage that…

argyranthemum

Argyranthemum frutescens

August 18, 2014 11:21 am Published by

Crazy Daisy, Bush Daisy, Marguerite Daisy, Starlight Red, Summersong White For quick colour, few plants beat the old-fashioned daisy bush,…

Adiantum raddianum fern

August 14, 2014 7:22 am Published by

Maidenhair Fern Attractive black stalks carry triangular-shaped fronds comprised of numerous small, wedge shaped leaflets. Many different cultivars of this…

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