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Pelargoniums Fit For A King

August 21, 2023 12:31 pm Published by

The indigenous Pelargonium grandiflorum (regal pelargonium) is a gardener’s delight with so much visual interest, it can be hard to…

King Proteas

May 15, 2023 9:49 am Published by

Although proteas are not exclusively ours, we do own the unique king protea… When the supercontinent of Gondwana split during…

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…

Happy Bean Peperomia

November 25, 2022 10:46 am Published by

The happy bean peperomia or pincushion peperomia (Peperomia ferreyrae) is a weird little perennial epiphyte hailing from South American rainforests,…

Phlox Paniculata

Phlox paniculata

November 25, 2022 8:25 am Published by

An old but beautiful classic! Phlox paniculata (garden phlox or autumn phlox) is a typical herbaceous perennial of the high…

Flanders Poppy

July 27, 2022 10:00 am Published by

Papaver rhoeas The Flanders poppy is a flower that symbolises lives lost in conflict which is remembered and celebrated annually…

Poppy Enchantment

June 9, 2022 12:57 pm Published by

Time for the four P’s There are four annuals with pretty petals and names starting with the letter ‘P’ that…

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…

petunias

Prime Petunias

July 12, 2021 11:42 am Published by

Petunias don’t have a specific season and can actually be planted all year round. But it is in the cold…

orchids

Orchids in the Home

July 9, 2021 7:59 pm Published by

Don’t be intimidated by these exotic beauties. Many of us start our orchid growing with a Phalaenopsis or moth orchid…

Pink Summer Flowers

January 28, 2021 10:54 am Published by

Summer gardens are potentially the brightest and showiest of all the seasons. Plant growth is rapid and the results are…

Pincushion Protea

September 27, 2019 1:03 pm Published by

The Pincushion Protea has long-lasting flower heads in yellows, oranges and reds consist of a large number of small flowers…

Pink Knock Out® Rose

May 7, 2019 2:32 pm Published by

The Knock Out® Rose is a sure win in any garden. This plant flowers continuously, producing beautiful medium pink flowers…

Quercus palustris

November 27, 2018 12:10 pm Published by

Pin Oak The Quercus palustris is a tall (25m), stately, deciduous tree of North American origin that has adapted to…

Aloe ‘Peri-Peri’

May 23, 2018 10:53 am Published by

We all love aloes, those hard-to-kill, structural beauties that are such a striking part of our natural landscape and this…

Watsonia pillansii

January 15, 2018 8:47 am Published by

Pillans Watsonia, Beatrice Watsonia, Bugle Lily Watsonia Pillansii is a medium-sized irid, growing from 0.45 to 1.2 m high. It is widely distributed…

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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…

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Serruria florida

January 11, 2018 12:59 pm Published by

Blushing Bride, Pride of Franschhoek First recorded in 1773, the Serruria Florida, a well-known plant belonging to the Proteaceae family,…

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Streptocarpus

January 11, 2018 12:41 pm Published by

Cape Primrose This little, indigenous forest plant, Streptocarpus, was first discovered in Knysna in the 1800s and also occurs naturally 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…

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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Pentas lanceolata

January 8, 2018 2:05 pm Published by

Pentas lanceolata, also known as Egyptian star cluster, was for many years part and parcel of most frost-free suburban gardens.…

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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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Philodendron Scandens

January 8, 2018 1:56 pm Published by

Sweetheart Creeper The Sweetheart Creeper, named for its glossy, heart-shaped leaves, is an attractive indoor climber. It will happily climb…

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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…

red robin

Photinia x fraseri

January 8, 2018 1:52 pm Published by

Red Robin The Red Robin is an evergreen plant that is water wise, wind-resistant, cold- and frost-tolerant, and also pretty in summer…

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Phygelius aequalis hybrids

January 8, 2018 1:50 pm Published by

The nectar-rich flowers of these charming indigenous Phygelius Aequalis hybrids attract sun birds whilst lending a splash of colour to…

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Pieris japonica

January 8, 2018 1:44 pm Published by

Japanese Lily of the Valley Bush Pieris Japonica is an evergreen shrub with a compact growth habit. It is clothed…

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Plectranthus ciliatus

January 8, 2018 1:42 pm Published by

White Wild Sage There is a huge variety of Plectranthus species, most of which are shade lovers. Beautiful dark green…

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Psychotria capensis

January 8, 2018 1:21 pm Published by

Black Bird Berry Psychotria capensis is one of the most useful plants in a garden because it can be grown…

Limonium perezii

January 8, 2018 8:42 am Published by

Sea Lavender or Statice A member of the Plumbago family (Plumbaginaceae), there are over 600 species of Limonium from around…

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Lotus berthelotii

January 8, 2018 8:25 am Published by

Parrot’s Beak This unusual and yet striking plant originates from the Canary and Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.…

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Hypoestes aristata

December 20, 2017 10:00 am Published by

Ribbon Bush or Purple Haze Hypoestes Aristata, more commonly known as the Ribbon Bush or Purple Haze, is an evergreen…

Duvernoia adhatodoides

December 18, 2017 1:04 pm Published by

Pistol Bush Duvernoia adhatodoides grows easily and is ideal for shady, moist spots. It has large dark green leaves and…

acacia

Acacia sieberiana

December 13, 2017 2:26 pm Published by

Paperbark Thorn Acacia trees are an iconic symbol of the African landscape. Here in South Africa the paperbark thorn is…

Pittosporum tenuifolium

May 5, 2017 12:53 pm Published by

Kōhūhū and Black Matipo Pittosporum Tenuifolium is a small evergreen tree, up to 10m. It is sometimes grown under the cultivar…

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 pondoense

January 15, 2016 11:20 am Published by

Pondo Water Wood Syzygium Pondoense (Pondo Water Wood) is a scarce indigenous species, but with a bit of luck you…

scabiosa

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…

spekboom

Portulacaria afra

September 4, 2015 6:38 am Published by

Elephant Bush, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush and Spekboom The spekboom or porkbush, also known as elephant’s food, olifantskos, soetspekboom, suurspekboom, igwanishe…

philodendrons

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…

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…

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…

Jasminum polyanthum

July 31, 2015 7:32 am Published by

Pink Jasmine Chances are that if there’s a lovely, sweet fragrance wafting over from the neighbour’s garden at this time…

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,…

gaillardia galya

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…

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…

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.…

Eucomis vandermerwei

June 8, 2015 10:54 am Published by

Pineapple Lily The mountainous area around Dullstroom in Mpumalanga has yielded a very unusual dwarf Eucomis. The Eucomis Vandermerwii grows…

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…

Dombeya rotundifolia

May 11, 2015 9:05 am Published by

 Wild Pear Dombeya Rotundifolia, one of the most attractive and reliable of the indigenous trees suitable for suburban gardens, has…

cotyledon orbiculata

Cotyledon Orbiculata

March 27, 2015 10:50 am Published by

Pig’s Ear, Elk’s Horn, or Round-Leafed Navel-Wort Succulent plants are still extremely popular in the garden fashion stakes, especially during periods…

Paeonia officinalis

March 20, 2015 6:00 am Published by

Common Peonies Peonies, originally from Japan and China are virtually unrivaled to bring impact and drama to the garden. Once…

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,…

pompom tree

Dais cotinifolia

August 21, 2014 6:05 pm Published by

Pompom Tree The slender Pompom Tree is the perfect size for a small townhouse garden. It has a rounded crown,…

blechnum

Blechnum Ferns

August 21, 2014 9:33 am Published by

The genus Blechnum, from the family Blechnaceae,  was derived from the Greek word blechnon meaning a fern. Blechnum are mostly evergreen ferns…

alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

August 14, 2014 12:01 pm Published by

Inca or Peruvian Lily As its common name implies, the Alstroemeria, or Inca Lily, originates from South America. Alstroemeria is…

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