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The Gardener / Die Tuinier

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...

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 originateRead More...

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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 inRead 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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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,Read More...

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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 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...

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 lowRead 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...

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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...

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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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...

Solar Garden

December 7, 2017 1:53 pm Published by

Consol’s Solar Jars are ideal little containers for plants and they make great table decorations or gifts for the festiveRead More...

Lava Rocks

November 28, 2017 10:48 am Published by

Creating your own rockery masterpiece has never been made so easy as with this expansive concept and integration of LavaRead More...

Solar Balls

November 27, 2017 11:24 am Published by

Lighting up your garden beds means that you can enjoy another dimension of gardening after the sun sets. Rather thanRead 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...

Glam Glass

November 24, 2017 2:45 pm Published by

Terrarium DIY A terrarium can make a light and elegant focal point in a room, while creating the perfect, controlledRead More...

Gabion Bench

November 23, 2017 1:24 pm Published by

This Bench Rocks! Assemble your own gabion bench! Traditionally used for erosion control on sloping land, gabions are cages filledRead More...

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 CentralRead More...

Patio Party

November 9, 2017 1:54 pm Published by

A living screen, tea light tree and festive chandelier for your Patio. A Living Screen Filled with colourful, healthy plantsRead More...

Barn Owl Box

November 9, 2017 10:58 am Published by

Worldwide, the Barn owl is one of the most widely spread of the owl species. Unfortunately, their habits and appearance,Read More...

Digging Box

November 8, 2017 11:53 am Published by

Minimize damage to your flowerbeds by giving your dogs an exciting alternative. Materials Pine planks, as follows Sides: 2 @Read More...

Making Waves

November 8, 2017 9:21 am Published by

The striking pattern on this patio table and benches makes them especially appealing. It’s easier than you would think toRead More...

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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...

Urns

January 18, 2016 7:53 am Published by

Urns carved out of stone and earthenware amphorae were used by the Greeks and Romans as drinking pitchers and toRead 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...

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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...