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Cool Plants for Shade

February 17, 2024 8:41 am Published by

Shade in a mature garden of any size is as unavoidable as grey hairs sprouting on one’s head. Embrace and…

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,…

Summer Colour In A Pot

January 30, 2024 2:15 pm Published by

Let’s take a look at this beautiful ‘summer colour in a pot’! The plants in this group all love the…

Tropical Pitcher Plants

January 30, 2024 1:34 pm Published by

In this series, titled the evolution of plants, we discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants and find out more…

Compact Plant Options

January 30, 2024 12:24 pm Published by

Let’s take a closer look at compact plant options! The saying that dynamite comes in small packages is so true…

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…

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…

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…

Summer-Flowering Bulbs

October 11, 2023 10:44 am Published by

Add a touch of extra colour to a summer garden with these summer-flowering bulbs that can be planted in late…

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Colourful Coleus

October 5, 2023 5:02 pm Published by

One of the most important elements of a garden is colour. Whether you’re looking for a rainbow across your backyard…

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Drosera Sundews

October 5, 2023 2:21 pm Published by

Speculation on the history of carnivorous plants still exists, but with little fossilised evidence. With advanced molecular science technology, researchers…

Agapanthus That Sparkle

September 22, 2023 12:56 pm Published by

If at all possible, the new agapanthus varieties on the market this year are bigger, better, more intense in colour…

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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…

Small Tree Care

August 29, 2023 10:45 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans Growing small trees in pots Planting and growing small trees in pots is a rewarding way to…

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…

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…

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Cycads

July 20, 2023 3:36 pm Published by

South Africa is a hotspot for cycad diversity with 38 indigenous species (over 10% of the world’s cycads). Thirty-seven species…

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…

Hedges

Tall Evergreen Hedges

May 15, 2023 8:50 am Published by

Surrounding your garden with an imposing hedge is like planting a ‘neighbour’ you have chosen yourself and like a lot!…

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…

Bright Shades Of Autumn

March 1, 2023 10:50 am Published by

They are referred to as evergreen plants, but they are not quite ‘green’. These plants stand out in a garden…

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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…

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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…

More Euphorbia Diamonds

December 14, 2022 11:04 am Published by

We are all familiar with the lovely Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ and now we can enjoy two more varieties that are…

Plant a Succulent Terrarium

December 14, 2022 9:29 am Published by

Terrariums and succulents are not typically mentioned in the same sentence. Terrariums are known for jungle-like environments with high humidity,…

Succulent trio in glass jars

December 14, 2022 9:00 am Published by

What you need 3 glass jars 3 succulents: we used Echeveria ‘Secunda’, Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’, Sedum x luteoviride Coarse gravel…

Aquatic Nymphs

November 25, 2022 2:24 pm Published by

Gently floating lily pads on the water and the delicate appearance of the cup-like flowers suddenly emerging from the muddy…

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,…

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String of Hearts

November 25, 2022 9:35 am Published by

String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is an indigenous evergreen, trailing vine with opposite pairs of dainty heart-shaped dark-green leaves marbled…

Adromischus

November 25, 2022 8:57 am Published by

Petit size, pretty leaves… The genus Adromischus, known colloquially as the bontplakkie, includes 28 endemic species to southern Africa. The…

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…

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…

Dyckias

Dyckias

October 27, 2022 3:30 pm Published by

Not without gloves! Dyckias are technically not succulents, but bromeliads hailing from Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. They produce…

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…

Bayou Beauties

October 26, 2022 3:31 pm Published by

A rainbow collection of flamboyant flowers on tall stems, sometimes reflected in still water, is a simple description of swamp…

Roses For Containers

October 10, 2022 1:22 pm Published by

Containers have become a defining feature of our garden space, no longer just an afterthought for accommodating yet another impulse…

Agapanthus ‘Buccaneer’

September 12, 2022 1:13 pm Published by

Our indigenous agapanthus plants are truly a wonderful addition to the garden. They are easy to grow, virtually pest- and…

mini aloes

Mini Aloe Guide

August 3, 2022 2:47 pm Published by

The size is diminutive, but the appeal is ginormous! If you are amped to start a collection of succulent plants…

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…

Chamelaucium waxflowers

Chamelaucium Waxflowers

August 1, 2022 10:00 am Published by

Chamelaucium are tough shrubs that will produce billowing clouds of flowers from late winter to spring with such abundance that…

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…

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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,…

Sempervivum arachnoideum

July 13, 2022 4:53 pm Published by

The Sempervivum Arachnoideum, or cobweb houseleek, forms a mounding clump of little rosettes that look like they are covered in…

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Pruning Roses

July 12, 2022 3:36 pm Published by

Rose fundi Ludwig Taschner has many years’ experience with growing roses, so we know that when it comes to pruning…

colourful fillers

3 Colourful Fillers

June 21, 2022 11:15 am Published by

Every garden always has gaps – bits of bare soil between plants that can be filled with pretty annuals. So,…

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…

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Overwinter Dahlias

May 12, 2022 11:07 am Published by

If you want to see those fat pom-pom dahlia blooms the size of a soup plate in your garden again…

Play Bulb

April 8, 2022 4:18 pm Published by

Bulbs are weird little structures that look like they’ll never amount to anything when you’re holding one in your hand.…

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Lawn tasks in March

March 4, 2022 3:46 pm Published by

Lawns always have a bad time over the December holidays. They are robustly used for playing on and some are…

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Aeonium ‘Kiwi’

March 3, 2022 4:57 pm Published by

Aeoniums are commonly called tree houseleeks, which is an indication that they form substantial side stems topped with their typical…

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Our Top 10 Roses

February 22, 2022 2:49 pm Published by

There are over 150 rose species and thousands of hybrids, so compiling our Top 10 Roses is something of a…

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Sow some veld

January 25, 2022 4:42 pm Published by

Ornamental veld grasses are a big part of modern prairie gardens, but sowing them is not something you would normally…

carnivorous plants

Carnivorous Plants

January 21, 2022 2:36 pm Published by

Fascinating, bizarre, maybe even a bit creepy but undoubtedly beautiful, carnivorous plants have captured the imagination of naturalists, botanists and…

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…

trees

Caring about trees

January 10, 2022 2:44 pm Published by

You can change your mind about any other plant by simply replacing it with something else. But changing your mind…

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Xmas Wreath with Succulents

January 7, 2022 12:08 pm Published by

What You Will Need for your succulent wreath Succulent cuttings with 2cm-long stems. (We used mini aeoniums, echeverias and graptopetalums.)…

bromeliads

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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Caring for Air Plants

November 22, 2021 11:51 am Published by

They cannot live on air alone! Caring for air plants is simple! The misconception that tillandsias survive on air alone…

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Companion Plants for Roses

November 22, 2021 11:36 am Published by

Companion plants for roses need to be carefully picked for success. These days rose bushes are often incorporated into flower…

begonias

Dazzle with begonias

November 22, 2021 11:05 am Published by

If you really want to know how to make a splash with begonias, visit parks and gardens in summer and…

indoor plant-scaping

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…

air plants

Our Air Plant Picks

November 9, 2021 9:46 pm Published by

Choose the right air plants for you. Last month we discussed the Tillandsia genus – what it consists of, where…

air plants

Living From the Air

November 8, 2021 8:59 pm Published by

Air plants, air ferns, oxygen plants, tillandsias, Spanish moss, old man’s beard, air bromeliad… These are all names commonly used…

The Grass is Growing!

August 24, 2021 10:09 am Published by

Don’t let the grass grow under your feet this summer! With the joy of the recent rain, soil temperature has…

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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…

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…

Divide and Repot Aloes

July 9, 2021 10:13 am Published by

If your pretty aloe, such as this ‘Twice as Nice’ hybrid with its striking red and white bi-coloured flowers, has…

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…

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Daffodils for Your Spring Garden

April 22, 2021 12:00 pm Published by

All your fundamental questions answered! Daffodils (Narcissus) are synonymous with spring, joy and (luckily for gardeners) hardiness. These beautiful bulbs…

iceberg roses

The War of the Roses

April 20, 2021 9:59 am Published by

The ‘Iceberg’ roses in this marvellous garden have a story to tell. Gardeners are interesting people and their priorities usually…

lemon trees

How To Grow Lemon Trees

February 23, 2021 9:46 pm Published by

Every garden needs at least one lemon tree. Here’s how to grow lemon trees successfully! These acidic yet aromatic fruits…

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…

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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…

Smart bordering

September 25, 2020 2:55 pm Published by

Compact plants can be used in rich swathes of colour and texture in the foreground of shrub beds that need…

Rustic Creeper Ladder

September 3, 2020 2:11 pm Published by

Give your creeper something to grow up with and add a cute a rustic feature to your outdoor areas with…

Growing Echeverias

August 14, 2020 8:00 am Published by

Echeveria is a large genus of succulents belonging to the Crassulaceae family, which is native to the semi-desert areas of…

Violas

August 7, 2020 12:43 pm Published by

Violas are irresistible. They are petite, fragrant, flowers without any fuss and come in every colour of the rainbow. What…

Cymbidiums

July 3, 2020 12:20 pm Published by

There are few places in South Africa where cymbidiums won’t grow – they are tough and can handle fair amounts…

abelia

Abelias: The A to B’s

May 7, 2020 4:12 pm Published by

Abelias are invariably the very first plant listed in most plant books and nursery catalogues. The genus includes some 30…

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…

6 Indigenous Bulbs to Plant

May 5, 2020 12:04 pm Published by

A colourful, fragrant spring garden is incomplete without bulbs. Whether in pots or flowerbeds, indoors or outdoors, bulbs are guaranteed…

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…

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Lemons

April 8, 2020 1:26 pm Published by

Every garden needs a lemon tree The lemon tree has a number of attributes that qualifies it for inclusion in…

Dianthus

April 2, 2020 2:47 pm Published by

Dianthus needs to be added to the list of garden toughies that are water-wise, don’t mind neglect and outlast most…

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…

Air Plant Myths Busted

March 19, 2020 1:41 pm Published by

Air plants are becoming increasingly popular and are a great addition to your home or garden, but they are often…

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…

Sedums

January 21, 2020 11:42 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans If we had to rate a stone and a stonecrop plant comparatively for low care characteristics, the…

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Callistemon

December 2, 2019 11:52 am Published by

Citrinus Little John, Bottlebrush, Hot Pink, Endeavour A beginner gardener who cannot decide which flowering shrub to buy, won’t regret…

Gazanias Galore!

November 26, 2019 11:23 am Published by

Want to add colour to your succulent garden? Don’t know what to plant in your sandy soil? Looking for a…

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…

Container Roses

October 29, 2019 3:26 pm Published by

Getting the best from container roses. With the right care, roses thrive in containers and can be the best option…

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…

7 Summer Roses

October 3, 2019 12:16 pm Published by

With our strong summer sun, the summer roses that show up best and hold their colour are those with blooms…

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…

Fabulous Agapanthus Hybrids

September 26, 2019 2:42 pm Published by

Superior modern Agapanthus hybrids now have longer and repeat flowering capabilities. These plants are very floriferous and tough, withstanding frost…

Beacon Impatiens

August 26, 2019 2:00 pm Published by

Welcome back summer’s best-loved flowers for shade. The fast-filling bedding Impatiens Walleriana, which all but vanished from summer shade gardens,…

Silver-Foliaged Plants

July 23, 2019 10:30 am Published by

Silver-foliaged plants are mainly planted because of their functionality – they are mostly heat and drought tolerant due to hairy…

kalanchoes

3 Colourful Kalanchoes

June 24, 2019 8:24 am Published by

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (Kalanchoes), less commonly known as the Widow’s Thrill, is often described as a flamboyant and colourful…

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…

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…

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Enduring Everillo

January 16, 2019 8:59 am Published by

Plant this colour-rich ornamental grass to lighten and brighten your surrounds. Everillo is a highly decorative grass-like ground-cover with narrow,…

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…

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.…

Forever beautiful

January 9, 2019 10:11 am Published by

Get the Look for your Rose Garden There are so many times when roses evoke a ‘wow’ from us! This…

Sowing Clivia Seeds

December 18, 2018 12:38 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans If you have a shady garden with lots of Clivias that flowered well in spring, and you…

Hibiscus Graff

December 12, 2018 9:15 am Published by

Hibiscus Graff is a new species of an improved Hibiscus series, with longer lasting flowers. The series formerly known as…

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…

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…

Potted Gladiolus

October 12, 2018 2:15 pm Published by

Gladiolus are known for their tall elegance in a garden bed, and as Australian TV personality Dame Edna Everage’s favourite…

5 Bulbs to Plant this Autumn

April 9, 2018 2:58 pm Published by

Bulbous plants have been cultivated for centuries, primarily for their spectacular spring or summer floral display. Autumn is an important…

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…

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Potted Meadow

February 19, 2018 12:05 pm Published by

With the rich textures and subtle shades of ornamental grasses, and a splash of exuberant colour from a grass-like indigenous…

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…

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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…

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…

Happy Hot Pot

February 16, 2018 8:49 am Published by

Plant up a pot of succulent heat busters. All you need to plant up a rock-solid potted garden to beat the…

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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…

Everlasting

February 14, 2018 1:29 pm Published by

A pretty, flowering everlasting, and a collection of bright succulents, were the inspiration for this colourful pot. I wanted to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

Veltheimia bracteata

January 15, 2018 8:32 am Published by

The natural habitat of the beautiful forest lily (Veltheimia bracteata) is the forests and coastal thickets of the Eastern Cape.…

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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…

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Viola hederacea

January 15, 2018 8:14 am Published by

Australian Violet, Trailing violet This ground cover forms carpets of rounded, bright green leaves with masses of white and purple…

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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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Trachelospermum jasminoides

January 12, 2018 2:41 pm Published by

Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine Trachelospermum Jasminoides is an exceptional cultivar that is not grown for its flowers but rather for…

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Tweedia caerulea

January 12, 2018 2:39 pm Published by

Tweedia Caerulea (also known as Amblyopetalum or Oxypetalum Caeruleum). This is an untidy, rambling, scrambling little sub-shrub from Uruguay that…

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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…

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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Santolina chamaecyparissus

January 11, 2018 1:15 pm Published by

Cotton Lavender A compact-growing shrub with fine, feathery white or grey leaves of short and slender stature. Golden flower heads…

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Searsia crenata

January 11, 2018 1:11 pm Published by

Dune Crowberry The Searsia Crenata is a spreading and stocky coastal plant with a rounded shape. It survives against all…

Sedum spectabile

January 11, 2018 1:07 pm Published by

Sedum spectabile is a rewarding, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial with succulent foliage, which originates from China and Korea. Commonly known as…

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Sempervivum tectorum

January 11, 2018 1:05 pm Published by

Common Houseleek, Hen and Chickens, St Patrick’s Cabbage A low, mat forming succulent comprising many rosettes of attractive grey-green leaves…

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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…

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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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Solanum Rantonnetii

January 11, 2018 12:54 pm Published by

In the days when we quickly had to order a few flowering shrubs to fill the instant colour aisles 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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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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Sutherlandia frutescens

January 11, 2018 12:36 pm Published by

Cancer Bush, Kankerbossie, Gansies Sutherlandia Frutescens, a small shrub, which can be upright or semi-decumbent (the stems grow parallel to…

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Rhaphiolepis x delacourii

January 11, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Indian Hawthorn Rhaphiolepis x delacourii is an evergreen shrub with medium- sized, tough, leathery leaves that are dark green, sometimes…

Rothmannia globosa

January 11, 2018 11:58 am Published by

September Bells Rothmannia globosa is decorative ornamental shrub or small tree grows to a height of 6 m in a…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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Ornithogalum thyrsoides

January 8, 2018 12:46 pm Published by

Chincherinchee, Tjienk, Star of Bethlehem Chincherinchees or ‘tjienks’ belong to the genus Ornithogalum and are members of the Hyacinth family…

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Orphium frutescens

January 8, 2018 12:44 pm Published by

Sea Rose Orphium Frutescens is a small, erect-stemmed shrub (growing to 90 cm tall) with bright green, leathery leaves. It…

Oscularia deltoids 

January 8, 2018 12:42 pm Published by

Sandsteenvygie The Sandsteenvygie is a ground cover that will stand up to the hottest days of our summer and still…

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Osteospermum fruticosum

January 8, 2018 12:40 pm Published by

Fine-Leaved White, Rankmagriet Also known by indigenous growers as ‘Fine-Leaved White’ or ‘Rankmagriet’, it is an excellent coastal plant with…

Otacanthus caeruleus

January 8, 2018 12:38 pm Published by

Little Boy Blue The Little Boy Blue is a sub-tropical, low-growing shrub from Brazil attains a height of about one…

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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…

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…

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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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Lachenalia

January 8, 2018 9:17 am Published by

Cape Hyacinth In a country blessed with many horticultural treasures Lachenalia, the Cape Hyacinth, holds a place of its own.…

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Lantana montevidensis

January 8, 2018 9:14 am Published by

Trailing Lantana Lantana Montevidensis is a trailing, semi-woody evergreen that can either be used as a ground cover or to…

Ledebouria revoluta

January 8, 2018 9:07 am Published by

South Indian Squill South Africa is blessed with a wide and varied array of little bulbous plants, such as the Ledebouria,…

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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…

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Leucadendron argenteum

January 8, 2018 8:51 am Published by

Silver Tree, Silver Leaf Tree Silver trees are wonderful garden ornamentals. Leucadendron Argenteum, the shimmering Silver Tree, is one of…

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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…

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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Lobelia

January 8, 2018 8:32 am Published by

There are very few flowers that can match the true blue of Lobelia. For connoisseurs of blue there’s even a…

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Lonicera x americana

January 8, 2018 8:29 am Published by

Honeysuckle Lonicera, or Honeysuckles as they are commonly called, are found growing naturally in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere.…

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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Japanese Azaleas

December 21, 2017 2:01 pm Published by

The Kurume group of evergreen Azaleas were bred in Japan for their cold tolerance, clusters of small flowers in spring and tiny…

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Justicia brandegeeana

December 21, 2017 1:59 pm Published by

Shrimp Plant Justicia Brandegeeana is another old favourite that needs more recognition as a good garden plant. The flowers are…

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…

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Ilex Crenata Hedges

December 21, 2017 1:17 pm Published by

Box-leaved Holly Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they…

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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…

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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,…

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Hibiscus syriacus

December 20, 2017 10:40 am Published by

Rose of Sharon, Rose Mallow and St Joseph’s Rod Hibiscus Syriacus is certainly one of the most spectacular of all the…

Hydrangea quercifolia

December 20, 2017 10:06 am Published by

Oakleaved Hydrangea Hydrangea Quercifolia originated from the Southern states of the USA as opposed to the common mop-head Hydrangeas, which…

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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…

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Gazanias

December 20, 2017 8:56 am Published by

Gazanias are the dream plant for low maintenance gardens. Their vivid, cheerful blooms guarantee a sunburst of colour and the…

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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…

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…

Grewia Occidentalis

December 20, 2017 8:15 am Published by

Cross-Berry The Cross Berry forms a shrub or small tree that grows up to 3 metres tall and 2 metres…

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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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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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Eucomis autumnalis

December 19, 2017 9:09 am Published by

‘Wavy-Leaved Pineapple Flower’, ‘Wildepynappel’ Eucomis Autumnalis, the ‘Wavy-leaved Pineapple Flower’ or ‘Wildepynappel’ has wavy, strap-shaped leaves, in green or deep…

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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…

Dichroa versicolor

December 18, 2017 1:09 pm Published by

Evergreen Hydrangea Dichroa Versicolor – the ‘Evergreen Hydrangea’ – is a close relative of the Hydrangea and originates from China,…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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Dasylirion wheeleri

December 18, 2017 12:35 pm Published by

Desert Spoon The Desert Spoon has a thick, short trunk. The leaves are a cool, grey colour with spiky, dry,…

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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,…

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Duranta

December 18, 2017 12:14 pm Published by

The genus Duranta includes a number of tree and shrub species that originate in the tropical Americas and include many…

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…

cannonball tree

Couroupita guianensis

December 15, 2017 1:39 pm Published by

Cannonball Tree or Ayahuma The words ‘striking’ and ‘strange’ are often used to describe Cannonball Tree, a large evergreen tree…

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Cyphostemma juttae

December 15, 2017 1:36 pm Published by

Wild Grape, Tree Grape, Blue Cobas This most interesting succulent plant belongs to the grape family and grows naturally in…

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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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Cycas revoluta

December 15, 2017 1:12 pm Published by

Sago Palm The Sago Palm, native to Japan, is such a worthy specimen for pool plantings. It makes a bold…

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Cyathea australis

December 15, 2017 1:09 pm Published by

Rough Tree Fern The Cyathea Australis is such an elegant poolside plant, which is as graceful as our indigenous Cyathea…

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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,…

crinums

Crinum macowanii

December 15, 2017 12:56 pm Published by

Sabie Lily Crinums are members of the family Amaryllidaceae and have a very wide distribution in the tropics of Asia,…

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Crassula spathulata

December 15, 2017 12:48 pm Published by

The Crassula Spathulata is a sprawling succulent with rounded and toothed leaves which have a red tinge to the margins.…

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Crassula ovata

December 15, 2017 12:45 pm Published by

Jade Plant The Crassula Ovata, or Jade Plant is an upright-growing, multiple-branched, shrubby succulent that can grow up to 2m…

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Clematis brachiata

December 15, 2017 12:42 pm Published by

Traveller’s Joy The Clematis Brachiata is a joy to gardeners as well, it bears masses of creamy white, fragrant flowers…

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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…

chinese plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

December 15, 2017 12:14 pm Published by

Chinese Plumbago Ceratostigma Willmottianum, or Chinese Plumbago, is a deciduous shrub originating from the western parts of China and has…

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Castanea Sativa

December 15, 2017 12:12 pm Published by

Spanish Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut These are the spiny husks of the Spanish Chestnut that are produced on large deciduous trees…

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Cassia Fistula

December 15, 2017 12:11 pm Published by

Golden Shower Tree Flowering trees are amongst the most spectacular plants cultivated in gardens. Their sheer size and abundance of…

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Calpurnia aurea

December 15, 2017 12:07 pm Published by

Wild Laburnum The Calpurnia Aurea is one of our most rewarding small, semi-evergreen trees. It is fast growing and can…

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Calodendrum capense

December 15, 2017 12:06 pm Published by

Cape Chestnut Type: Large tree, 20m.Form: Single stemmed with rounded canopy. Bark grey, leaves light green and shiny.Flowers: Pink, large and scented, massed…

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…

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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…

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…

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Betula Pendula

December 15, 2017 10:34 am Published by

Silver or Common Birch The Silver Birch is one of the best-known trees in cultivation today, especially in temperate regions,…

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Beschorneria Yuccoides

December 15, 2017 10:30 am Published by

The Beschorneria Yuccoides is a lovely plant found in gardens around the country and yet often overlooked and possibly, to…

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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Acokanthera oppositifolia

December 14, 2017 11:25 am Published by

Bushman’s Poison Acokanthera Oppositifolia is an evergreen shrub with dark green leaves. It grows to a height of 3 metres,…

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Bauhinia

December 14, 2017 11:21 am Published by

Galpinii, Bowkerii, Tomentosa and Petersiana Pride of de Kaap The Bauhinia belongs to one of the world’s largest plant families,…

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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…

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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…

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Aponogeton Distachyos

December 13, 2017 3:05 pm Published by

Cape Pond Weed The decorative leaves of indigenous aquatics and the showy blooms in season always command attention. Cape Pond…

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…

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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…

Aloysia triphylla

December 13, 2017 2:49 pm Published by

Lemon Verbena Lemon Verbena is a popular shrub that was introduced into Western horticulture from Chile and Argentina as long…

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Alluaudia procera

December 13, 2017 2:43 pm Published by

Octopus Plant The quest for strange or different looking plants continues. This unusual succulent plant from Madagascar, the Alluaudia Procera,…

acer palmatum

Acer palmatum

December 13, 2017 2:33 pm Published by

Japanese Maple Acer Palmatum originates from China, Korea and Japan, and has become one of the most popular deciduous trees…

acalypha

Acalypha wilkesiana

December 13, 2017 2:32 pm Published by

Copperleaf or Calico bush The Acalypha is the mainstay of so many coastal and sub-tropical gardens in the country. Acalyphas…

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…

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Abelia x grandiflora

December 13, 2017 2:22 pm Published by

Dwarf Glossy Abelia Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today…

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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…

Rosa banksiae

November 20, 2017 3:37 pm Published by

Yellow Banksian Rose ‘Lutea’ The Banksiae Rose is a garden favourite around the globe. It originates in West and Central…

klapperbos

Nymania capensis

November 20, 2017 2:11 pm Published by

Chinese Lantern or Klapperbos Perhaps best known by the Afrikaans common name, Klapperbos, Nymania Capensis is an upright shrub, or…

wild nemesia

Nemesia denticulata

November 20, 2017 2:08 pm Published by

Wild Nemesia The Wild Nemesia is not a true ground cover, but so worth having especially in small sunny gardens.…

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…

Dymondia margaretae

November 15, 2017 2:03 pm Published by

Carpet Daisy, Silver Carpet Dymondia Margaretae, is a mat-forming ground cover with curly, greyish green leaves and yellow daisy-like flowers in…

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Buxus Sempervirens

November 15, 2017 12:08 pm Published by

Box, Boxwood, Little Leaf Boxwood Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and…

Brachystelma Pulchellum

November 15, 2017 12:01 pm Published by

There are myriads of interesting and unusual plants growing in gardens and in the vast tracts of unspoilt wilderness that…

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…

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Barleria Species

November 15, 2017 11:16 am Published by

Barleria Greenii, Wild Bush Petunia If you have never had the pleasure of seeing the Barleria Greenii in full bloom…

Citrus Psylla

November 3, 2017 11:46 am Published by

The citrus psylla causes raised, pock-like swellings on the upper surfaces of young leaves. For each swelling there is a…

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…

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…

Gardening Tips for May

May 1, 2017 6:18 am Published by

Tidy flower beds and remove collapsed plants and cut back anything that needs it. Clear remaining annuals and debris. Plant…

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…

Leucosidea sericea

April 4, 2017 11:37 am Published by

Oldwood, Ouhout Leucosidea Sericea (Oldwood, Ouhout) is a very cold-hardy, evergreen small tree that can tolerate lots of water but…

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…

Watsonia species and hybrids

January 18, 2016 8:51 am Published by

This is an indigenous cut flower that continues to impress globally. Some Watsonia form evergreen clumps of sword-like foliage whilst…

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…

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…

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Tecoma Capensis

January 18, 2016 6:23 am Published by

Expect a lively concert from the garden wildlife if, perchance, you end up alongside a Tecoma Capensis, or Cape Honeysuckle…

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…

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…

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…

Succulent hanging basket

January 15, 2016 10:54 am Published by

Follow our simple guidelines and plant up your own stunning hanging basket with heat beating plants. Baskets are often suspended…

Success with Clematis

January 15, 2016 7:57 am Published by

When one browses through magazines and gardening books, especially those from the UK, the pictures of Clematis are always inspiring.…

strelitzias

Birds of Paradise

January 15, 2016 7:51 am Published by

Strelitzias… Mother Nature’s incredible sculptures! From autumn to spring, when beautiful boat-shaped spathes crested by bright orange sepals and deep-blue…

Stachys byzantine

January 15, 2016 7:33 am Published by

Lamb’s Ear Children and adults alike are fascinated with the soft texture of Lamb’s Ear, it immediately attracts people to…

Solanum Giganteum

January 14, 2016 12:27 pm Published by

African Holly Solanum giganteum is a somewhat unconventional choice – but not for birds! Do not confuse it with the invasive…

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…

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…

Selago corymbosa

January 14, 2016 11:57 am Published by

Plant: Selago Corymbosa Type: Dainty shrub, 60cm.Form: Upright growth with feathery foliage.Flowers: A fine mist of delicate lacy white flowers…

Sedum nussbaumerianum

January 14, 2016 11:28 am Published by

Coppertone Stonecrop Sedum Nussbaumerianum is an exotic species from Mexico, with unusual, copper-coloured rosettes on slender spreading stems. It is…

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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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…

Ruschia lineolata

January 14, 2016 10:11 am Published by

Carpet of Stars The Ruschia lineolata is a tough succulent is a versatile ground cover which produces masses of pretty…

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…

Rhus crenata

January 14, 2016 8:38 am Published by

Dune Crowberry The Rhus crenata resembles a bamboo with thick clumps with slender side branches and delicate rosettes of foliage…

Rhamnus prinoides

January 14, 2016 8:32 am Published by

Dogwood or Blinkblaar Rhamnus prinoides are bushy with shiny dark green foliage. Its small greenish, insect-attracting flowers are followed by fleshy…

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…

Planting and Repotting Ferns

September 2, 2015 11:12 am Published by

Ferns are easy to transplant and benefit from regular repotting into slightly larger containers. They can either be planted singly…

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…

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…

Osteospermum

September 1, 2015 12:31 pm Published by

These upright-growing Osteospermum bushes are topped with showy daisy flowers from late winter through spring. The hybrids are derived from…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lobularia maritima

August 17, 2015 11:39 am Published by

Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima is a delicate, fine-textured plant with masses of white blooms set against variegated foliage. It is…

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…

liriope

Liriope Muscari

August 17, 2015 11:05 am Published by

Liriopes, commonly known as lilyturfs, are evergreen flowering plants which form thick clumps of grasslike foliage. They are unique groundcovers…

Leucophyta brownii

August 17, 2015 10:53 am Published by

Cushion Bush Leucophyta brownii is an interesting groundcover for a sunny position. Its has an unusual leaf shape that forms…

Leucadendron tinctum

August 17, 2015 8:56 am Published by

Bergroos, Spicy Conebush One of the most appealing features of this greatly under-utilised Leucadendron Tinctum is the strong spicy aroma…

Leucadendron sessile

August 17, 2015 8:54 am Published by

Sun Conebush Forming a neat rounded shrub that grows up to 1,5m high, this easily-grown species of Leucadendron sessile has…

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…

Jasminum sambac

July 31, 2015 7:35 am Published by

Arabian Jasmine Jasminum sambac – the heavy, exotic and enticing scent of this fabulously voluptuous sprawling scrambler (it is more…

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…

Jasminum multipartitum

July 29, 2015 12:59 pm Published by

Starry Wild Jasmine Type: Evergreen Jasminum shrub up to 3m. Form: Creeping or bushy (train long shoots can be trained…

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,…

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…

Helichrysum petiolare

July 28, 2015 6:41 am Published by

Silver-Bush Everlasting Flower, Licorice-Plant, Liquorice Plant, Trailing Dusty Miller and Kooigoed The Helichrysum Petiolare is an indigenous, shrubby plant with woolly, grey…

Hatiora

July 28, 2015 6:13 am Published by

Easter Cactus and Whitsun Cactus. Hatiora is a prolifically blooming cacti with fleshy, jointed or segmented stems with a slightly pendant or…

halleria lucida

Halleria Lucida

July 27, 2015 10:11 am Published by

Tree Fuchsia, umBinza or Notsung This small evergreen tree, known as the Halleria Lucida, or Tree Fuchsia, grows to 5…

Gomphostigma virgatum

July 23, 2015 10:08 am Published by

River Star The beautiful river star is a shining light amongst other greenery with its silvery foliage. Its size is…

Gelsemium sempervirens

July 23, 2015 9:53 am Published by

Trumpet Flower, Evening Trumpet Flower The Trumpet Flower is a light and quick-growing evergreen climber that clings by twining its slender…

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…

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…

Flowering Bonsai

June 11, 2015 8:23 am Published by

Flowering Bonsai is a vast part of Bonsai and not an easy subject to condense into one article. However, I…

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…

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.…

euonymus japonicus

Euonymus Japonicus Microphyllus

June 8, 2015 11:03 am Published by

Japanese Euonymus, Dwarf Japanese Spindle, ‘Gold Dust’, ‘Aureus’ Euonymus Japonicus ‘Microphyllus’ is a rounded, very compact shrub with small, glossy…

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…

Erythrina lysistemon

June 8, 2015 10:30 am Published by

Common Coral Tree, Lucky Bean Tree Erythrina Lysistemon, the Common Coral Tree, is deciduous, but it has the delightful habit of…

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…