Plant Types

Sedums

January 21, 2020 11:42 am Published by

Stonecrops are perennial plants with thick succulent leaves and fleshy stems, and are known for extreme cold and drought hardiness.Read More...

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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 regretRead More...

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,Read More...

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.Read More...

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 8Read More...

Potted Glads

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 favouriteRead More...

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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 indigenousRead More...

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 decorationRead More...

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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 herRead More...

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 toRead More...

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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 inRead More...

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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 gardenRead More...

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 distributedRead More...

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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 forRead More...

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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 thatRead More...

Sansevieria trifasciata

January 11, 2018 1:17 pm Published by

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue This tough, hardy and enduring succulent from Africa is making a strong fashion statement in the modern garden.Read More...

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Streptocarpus

January 11, 2018 12:41 pm Published by

Cape Primrose This little, indigenous forest plant that was first discovered in Knysna in the 1800s and also occurs naturally inRead More...

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 eitherRead More...

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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.Read More...

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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 aRead More...

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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 distributionRead More...

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Ilex crenata

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 theyRead More...

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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 theRead More...

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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 MoraceaeRead More...

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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 deepRead More...

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,Read More...

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 uprightRead More...

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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 aRead More...

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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,Read More...

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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,Read More...

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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 ofRead More...

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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, massedRead More...

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 flowersRead More...

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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 improverRead More...

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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,Read More...

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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, toRead More...

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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 butRead More...

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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 upRead More...

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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 stemsRead More...

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 longRead More...

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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,Read More...

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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 andRead More...

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 thatRead More...

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 climateRead More...

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 signRead More...

Rosa ‘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 Iceberg rose.Read More...

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 lastsRead More...

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 youRead More...

Succulent hanging baskets

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 suspendedRead More...

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, deeplyRead More...

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 isRead More...

Rumohra adiantiformis

January 14, 2016 10:06 am Published by

Leather Leaf Fern An evergreen fern with leathery foliage that can vary significantly in size, attaining heights of up toRead More...

Rhus crenata

January 14, 2016 8:38 am Published by

Dune Crowberry Resembling a bamboo with thick clumps with slender side branches and delicate rosettes of foliage that lie inRead More...

Rhamnus prinoides

January 14, 2016 8:32 am Published by

Dogwood or Blinkblaar Bushy with shiny dark green foliage. Its small greenish, insect-attracting flowers are followed by fleshy pea-sized fruits thatRead More...

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 fromRead More...

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,Read More...

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 MurdanniaRead More...

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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 plantRead More...

Miscanthus

August 31, 2015 8:39 am Published by

The Japanese are especially fond of Miscanthus Sinensis, an ornamental grass that features prominently in their rituals. Both of usRead More...

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 idealRead More...

Jasminum sambac

July 31, 2015 7:35 am Published by

Arabian Jasmine The heavy, exotic and enticing scent of this fabulously voluptuous sprawling scrambler (it is more a climber thanRead More...

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, greyRead More...

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 orRead More...

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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 5Read More...

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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 blueRead More...

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, IRead More...

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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, glossyRead More...

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 willRead More...

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 inRead More...

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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 periodsRead More...

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Combretum

March 27, 2015 8:51 am Published by

Red Bushwillow Gardeners sometimes complain that deciduous trees, like the Red Bushwillow, are messy, with the falling leaves requiring constantRead More...

Clausena anisata

March 26, 2015 10:40 am Published by

Horsewood Type:Medium Shrub, 3 to 5m.Form: Multi-stemmed and slender, with fine glossy foliage.Flowers: Bunches of small creamy-yellow ‘stars’ with pronouncedRead More...

Captivating Cannas

March 25, 2015 7:44 am Published by

Although deemed by many to be of a bygone era, Cannas still remain spectacular garden plants when used in theRead More...

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Camellia

March 25, 2015 7:34 am Published by

Japonica, Common Camellia or Japanese Camellia, Sasanqua, Camellia Japonica has dark green, lustrous, leathery leaves and its size varies according toRead More...

Balcony Planters

March 24, 2015 11:08 am Published by

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

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,Read More...

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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 thatRead More...

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Cupressus Macrocarpa

August 22, 2014 6:24 am Published by

‘Gold Crest’, ‘Golden Monterey Cypress’, ‘Swane’s Gold’, ‘Pencil Pine’ Golden Monterey Cypress Conifers truly come into their own in winter.Read More...

Festuca gautieri

August 21, 2014 6:13 pm Published by

Spiky Fescue or Bearskin Fescue Festuca Gautieri has fine, bright green blades and grows to about 20 x 20 cm. A stretchRead More...

Caesalpinia Ferrea

August 21, 2014 6:02 pm Published by

Leopard Tree You’ll find the delicate Leopard Tree already showing lots of character as it stands with its pale, uprightRead More...

Butia Capitata

August 21, 2014 10:48 am Published by

Yatay or Jelly Palm Yatay or Jelly Palm is a stately, single-stemmed palm tree originating from Brazil, Uruguay and ArgentinaRead More...

Burgundy Iceberg

August 21, 2014 10:39 am Published by

Burgundy Icebergs are beautiful, eye-catching roses worth planting en masse. Masses of velvety, generally wine-red flowers with a very delicateRead More...

Buddleja Saligna

August 21, 2014 10:27 am Published by

White Olive Use the hardy Buddleja Saligna, a fast-growing small tree or large shrub, as a windbreak or hedge inRead More...

Bolusanthus Speciosus

August 21, 2014 9:38 am Published by

Tree Wisteria The Tree Wisteria is a truly elegant deciduous tree with a neat, elongated silhouette in the landscape. ItRead More...

Bersama Lucens

August 21, 2014 9:20 am Published by

Glossy White Ash Type: Small tree, 4m. Form: Compact multi-stemmed tree, prominent foliage. Flowers: Spikes of small, greenish flowers, fromRead More...

Berberis ‘Golden Ring’

August 21, 2014 9:15 am Published by

Japanese Barberry This splendid foliage shrub is a specially selected form of the Japanese Barberry, Berberis Thunbergii Fatropurpurea. It has manyRead More...

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 flowersRead More...

Asplenium Bulbiferum

August 18, 2014 12:02 pm Published by

Hen-and-chicken Fern Hen-and-chicken Fern, Robust and stout, this fern has fronds resembling carrot leaves upon which plantlets are produced atRead More...

Apodytes Dimidiata

August 18, 2014 9:38 am Published by

White Pear White Pear is a bushy, evergreen tree that can easily be shaped into a slender growth form. TheRead More...

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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 thatRead More...

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 downRead More...

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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 isRead More...