fbpx

Perennials

Autumn Perennials

April 18, 2024 12:25 pm Published by

April in Africa means warm and mild weather that many autumn perennials love. Take advantage of this by adding their…

Growing Hibiscus

Growing Hibiscuses

February 27, 2023 2:07 pm Published by

Want to take a selfie with a bright flower sitting behind your ear and another garnishing your cocktail? Then you…

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…

The Princess Lavender

August 2, 2022 12:21 pm Published by

An award-winning plant that is fairly new on the market is the vivid pink Princess Lavender. When this plant is…

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…

kangaroo paws

Kangaroo Paws

August 5, 2021 3:30 pm Published by

Fill up your low-water zones like the gravel garden, rock garden and sunny low maintenance areas with new and very…

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…

Lysimachia nummularia edging plants

Border Charmers

December 17, 2020 4:40 pm Published by

Edging Plants to Complement Good edging plants that either calmly complement or create a bright colour contrast are just what…

Always Agapanthus

April 24, 2020 1:09 pm Published by

The name agapanthus is derived from the Greek words agape which means love and anthos flower. So these truly South…

Echinaceas

April 2, 2020 2:31 pm Published by

Rugged beauties, daisies on steroids, call them what you will – Echinacea purpurea, otherwise known as the purple coneflower, is…

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…

The Inca Lily

October 15, 2019 12:00 pm Published by

Originating from South America with its home in the Andes mountains, the Inca Lily is a welcomed import to South…

How to repot anthuriums

June 20, 2019 10:44 am Published by

When is the Best Time to Re-pot Anthuriums? Roots are growing through the drainage holes of the pots. There is…

Beat the heat

January 15, 2019 11:55 am Published by

Help your Roses to Keep their Cool • Hot nights bother the roses more than the heat during the day.…

Exuberant sun lovers

February 19, 2018 2:07 pm Published by

We picked a large pot and filled it with some exuberant sun lovers to lead you joyfully through the quiet…

heas.jpg

Potted Spring

February 16, 2018 11:05 am Published by

To celebrate spring and inspire you to play with colour, Tanya and I spent a happy, flower-filled afternoon in her…

A cheery winter trio

February 16, 2018 10:36 am Published by

Colourful winter annuals and perennials are not scarce at this time of the year. We went shopping and found lots…

TG0215pg16-1.jpg

Boxed-in Summer

February 8, 2018 2:45 pm Published by

It’s high summer and the nurseries are filled to the brim with pots and punnets of annuals and perennials in…

container plants

Contained to Grow

February 8, 2018 1:37 pm Published by

Container Plants Instant gardening with pretty plants and a variety of containers immediately raises the spirits, and this month garden…

IMG_8903.jpg

Verbena peruviana

January 15, 2018 8:31 am Published by

Originating from South America, Verbena Peruviana is an evergreen perennial that flowers prolifically from spring to autumn. The masses of…

IMG_1423.jpg

Senecio elegans

January 11, 2018 1:02 pm Published by

Wild Cineraria Senecio is a member of the Asteraceae (daisy) family, which is the second largest family of flowering plants…

IMG_8108.jpg

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…

IMG_2427.jpg

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…

IMG_1913.jpg

Leucanthemum x superbum

January 8, 2018 8:47 am Published by

Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum ‘Shasta daisies’ are easy-to-grow. Clump-forming perennials that never fail to impress. Sturdy flower stems bearing solitary, single…

Iberis sempervirens

December 21, 2017 1:22 pm Published by

Evergreen Candytuft or Perennial Candytuft Iberis sempervirens is a charming little plant for cold, frosty gardens. This Perennial Candy Tuft forms low…

hebenstretia

Hebenstretia dura

December 20, 2017 11:16 am Published by

Cat’s Tail Hebenstretia Dura (family: Scrophulariaceae) is found from the Eastern Cape to the Northern Province. It is a hardy…

IMG_9093.jpg

Geranium incanum

December 20, 2017 8:32 am Published by

Carpet Geraniums True Geraniums or Crane’s Bills – from the Greek word geranos, a crane, owing to its fruit which…

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…

IMG_9369.jpg

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…

Diascia barberae

December 18, 2017 12:40 pm Published by

Twinspur The Diascia Barberae is a dainty little perennial plant originating from the Drakensberg mountain range. It produces numerous upright…

IMG_7665.jpg

Dianella tasmanica

December 18, 2017 12:38 pm Published by

Tasman Flax Lily Dianella Tasmanica, commonly known as the Tasman Flax Lily is a grass-like, evergreen perennial that provides a…

IMG_5645.jpg

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

December 18, 2017 12:30 pm Published by

 Blue Ginger Gardeners have always enjoyed and admired plants with blue flowers, possibly because of the apparent scarcity of blue,…

sour fig

Carpobrotus edulis

December 15, 2017 11:56 am Published by

Sour Fig (Suurvy) No garden should be without the Sour Fig, an extremely valuable indigenous medicinal plant which originally occurred…

artemesia.jpg

Artemisia Afra

December 14, 2017 10:53 am Published by

Wild Wormwood, Wildeals Wild Wormwood is a highly aromatic, many-branched and bushy upright perennial shrub. Artemisia Afra can grow up…

Antirrhinum Majus 

December 13, 2017 3:04 pm Published by

The ‘Snapdragon’ For gardeners wanting an easy growing winter annual it is worth re-stating all the good qualities of Antirrhinum…

Bellis Perennis

November 15, 2017 11:38 am Published by

English Daisy The English Daisy is a dainty little perennial often treated as an annual in the warm African climate…

Tulbaghia violacea

August 31, 2017 12:17 pm Published by

Social Garlic, Wild Garlic The hardy and easy-to-grow Tulbaghia Violacea has always been a very popular indigenous perennial, grown for…

Autumn Gardening

April 19, 2017 11:53 am Published by

AUTUMN – a busy time of year for gardening enthusiasts! The crisp morning air and longer nights is a sign…

The Bearded Iris

January 18, 2016 6:45 am Published by

The Bearded Iris is rated amongst the most beautiful of all the flowering perennials and they have also, over many…

Tanacetum vulgare

January 18, 2016 6:18 am Published by

Tansy Tanacetum Vulgare is an aromatic perennial that is evergreen and frost tolerant. With its grey-green, finely divided, ferny foliage…

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…

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…

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…

Lobelia x gerardii

August 17, 2015 11:35 am Published by

Blue Lobelia The Blue Lobelia that most gardeners know is a tiny edging plant that is unparalleled for its intensity…

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…

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…

Down Many Garden Paths

June 1, 2015 6:55 am Published by

In the Garden with Anna Recently, while visiting open gardens and garden shows, and judging gardening competitions, I met up…

dahlias

Dazzling dahlias

April 23, 2015 6:58 am Published by

Isn’t it strange how some flowers just go out of fashion, for no good reason? That’s been the fate of…

global artichoke

Cynara scolymus

April 23, 2015 6:29 am Published by

Globe Artichoke The Globe Artichoke is perhaps more commonly associated with the vegetable garden because the flower buds are usually…

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…

Bacopa

August 21, 2014 9:10 am Published by

Bacopa, Indigenous Phlox, Sutera or James Brittennia. Whatever the name, the Bacopa, an ankle-high ground cover, with tits graceful flowers…

Anigozanthus hybrids

August 18, 2014 6:55 am Published by

Cat’s Paw or Kangaroo Paw The cat’s paw, a plant of Australian origin, is a perennial that is available in…

angelonia

Angelonia Angustifolia

August 18, 2014 6:47 am Published by

‘Angelface’, ‘Summer Snapdragon’ & ‘Serena Lavender’ Looking at the sweet hybrids of Angelonia Angustifolia, it is hard to believe that…

Anemone x hybrida

August 18, 2014 6:42 am Published by

Japanese Anemone Spectacular when in full bloom and forming ever-increasing clumps, the Japanese Anemone is easy-to-grow herbaceous perennials die down…

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…

Agapanthus ‘Amethyst’

August 14, 2014 7:34 am Published by

Agapanthus ‘Amethyst’ has soft, lilac coloured flowers with a darker, amethyst-coloured stripe running down the centre of each petal. The…

bear's breeches

Acanthus mollis

August 14, 2014 6:55 am Published by

Bear’s Breeches Bear’s Breeches comes from Southern Europe and is considered one of the earliest cultivated garden plants. It has…

The Gardener