fbpx

Practical Gardening

Garden Day 2020

September 15, 2020 3:33 pm Published by

Garden Day returns for a virtual celebration of our beloved green spaces Inspirational flower crown ambassadors, a packed calendar ofRead More...

Indigenous Bliss

August 31, 2020 12:08 pm Published by

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a delightful arrangement of indigenous spring-flowering plants, all competing for hop honours in theRead More...

lemon

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 inRead More...

Garden Kids

January 22, 2020 12:21 pm Published by

Too many kids spend their days sitting inside being kept entertained by screens, and the lack of outdoor time inRead More...

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...

Callistemon-citrinus-Little-John.jpg

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...

The Hilton Quarry

March 28, 2019 12:56 pm Published by

The Hilton Quarry was initially overrun with large quantities of undesirable alien invasive species (AIS) which had self-propagated across theRead More...

spiral garden

Spiral garden

February 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans The spiral symbol represents movement, usually the movement from outer consciousness to inner awareness and peace. InRead More...

header-9.jpg

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...

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...

Edging

February 1, 2018 8:04 am Published by

Strong, flowing lines are the essence of good garden design. A common problem, however, is that those ‘strong lines’ tendRead More...

Straw-man!

January 18, 2018 2:33 pm Published by

Beware the Straw-Man! Use PVC pipes, glue, your old jeans and some creative energy to build a discouraging decoy forRead More...

compost

Composting

January 18, 2018 2:04 pm Published by

Plants need nutrients, and the easiest way to feed them is with compost The importance of compost Any successful homeRead 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...

IMG_1632.jpg

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...

IMG_0069.jpg

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,Read More...

IMG_5468.jpg

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 inRead More...

IMG_9766-1.jpg

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...

Gazania99041.jpg

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...

IMG_7158.jpg

Dieramas

December 18, 2017 12:47 pm Published by

Harebells, Fairy Bells Dieramas are members of the iris family, Iridaceae, and are noted for their graceful, arching sprays ofRead More...

IMG_0475.jpg

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 manyRead More...

cabbage tree

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...

CRW_6259.jpg

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...

bauhinia

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,Read More...

alocasia cucullata

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...

header-38.jpg

Pyramid Trellis

December 8, 2017 3:38 pm Published by

This pyramid trellis is an attractive decor item, that elegantly supports climbing plants, and intriguing frames for topiary. Use yourRead More...

Sundial

November 27, 2017 9:19 am Published by

Let your Garden Tell you the Time A classical sundial makes the perfect focal point in any garden. What youRead More...

Trees of Life

November 27, 2017 9:00 am Published by

From time immemorial, water and trees have been used to symbolise life. Inspired by that rich tradition, this delightful fountainRead More...

mealy bug

Mealybug

November 3, 2017 11:14 am Published by

The Mealybug is a tiny oval-shaped insect that feeds on plant material and will infect most of the host plantRead More...

Aphids

November 3, 2017 10:14 am Published by

About Aphids Half of the battle with any insect pests in the garden is firstly finding or observing them beforeRead More...

strelitzia

Strelitzia

January 15, 2016 7:51 am Published by

Five Strelitzia species are endemic to southern Africa, with three of them commonly planted in gardens. The one thing theyRead More...

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 thisRead More...

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 fleshyRead More...

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 theRead More...

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-leavedRead 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...

mulch

Mulch

August 31, 2015 9:13 am Published by

Gardeners are often uncertain about the difference between compost and mulch. Compost is what remains once plant and vegetable matterRead More...

moles

Moles

August 31, 2015 8:50 am Published by

Most gardeners have tried almost every method available to prevent moles from destroying their gardens and it is common knowledgeRead More...

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 KalanchoesRead More...

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,Read 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...

fuchsia shadowdancer

Fuchsia Shadowdancer

July 14, 2015 8:18 am Published by

Fuchsia Shadowdancer “Marcia”, “Peggy” The Fuchsia Shadowdancer range is sold under the Proven Winner label. This guarantees that these early floweringRead 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...

cotyledon orbiculata

Cotyledon Orbiculata

March 27, 2015 10:50 am Published by

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

carex

Carex Varieties

March 25, 2015 7:53 am Published by

Bronze Form, Bronze New Zealand Hair Sedge, Bronze Perfection There are many varieties to choose from in the genus Carex. Some are stately ornamental grassesRead More...

camellia

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...

Calibrachoa

March 25, 2015 7:15 am Published by

Seaside Petunia Calibrachoa are charming little plants and are relatives of the petunia, producing masses of small, bell-shaped flowers onRead More...

Bagworms

March 24, 2015 10:59 am Published by

Like many other leaf-eating caterpillars, bagworms fall under the order Lepidoptera and its adult stage is a moth. Bagworms areRead More...

Microfungi

August 22, 2014 10:38 am Published by

A large, beautiful and diverse group, micro-fungi remain a mystery to almost everyone except mycologists and plant pathologists. In contrastRead More...

cupressus macrocarpa

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...

blechnum

Blechnum Ferns

August 21, 2014 9:33 am Published by

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

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 isRead More...