The Gardener / Die Tuinier


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!…

Plant for Balcony

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…

3 Happiness Flowers

3 Happiness Flowers

January 23, 2023 10:57 am Published by

Some of midsummer’s flowers are like garden Prozac. Being amongst them has the ability to turn anxiety and a ‘down’…

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…

Lily Borer

November 25, 2022 10:55 am Published by

The lily borer (also known as the amaryllis borer) can be identified by its distinctive black-and-yellow banded body of up…

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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…


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…

Asparagus Ferns

November 25, 2022 8:12 am Published by

Fern-likes of the forest. The genus Asparagus includes very decorative indigenous species and varieties that are popular houseplants or handy…

A Wall of Pots DIY

November 23, 2022 8:42 am Published by

With a few tools, a little reclaimed timber and Woodoc 50, you can make this stunning wall of pots DIY…



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…

Window Box Cheery Yellows

3 Window Box Ideas

October 25, 2022 3:36 pm Published by

There is nothing that lifts the spirits more than planting up window boxes – it’s like creating a miniature garden…

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3 Flower Bombs

August 11, 2022 10:00 am Published by

August or early spring is the best time to flower bomb your garden and patio with three homegrown flowers! Cape…

Top-End Aggies

August 1, 2022 10:00 am Published by

Read in Afrikaans We have given the global gardening world a rich gift of our plant treasures to love and…


Boost Your Biodiversity

July 15, 2022 3:34 pm Published by

How to invite wildlife into your garden. Sustainability is a buzzword that is all over social media. Companies use the…

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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…

pruning roses

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…

lawn mower maintenance

Lawn Mower Maintenance

June 21, 2022 11:49 am Published by

While the little lawn plants are dormant, it’s a good idea to get any lawn mower maintenance done, services and…

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,…

ficus bambino

Ficus Bambino

June 14, 2022 1:17 pm Published by

Ficus lyrata ‘Bambino’ (dwarf fiddle-leaf fig) is destined to be the most popular ficus in the indoor section of nurseries…

overwinter dahlias

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…


The Art of Kokedama

May 11, 2022 4:15 pm Published by

In Japan, kokedama is a popular garden art form that sprung from the art of bonsai. This art form is…

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How To Prepare for Frost

May 11, 2022 3:33 pm Published by

Invest in frost fleece/cloth to cover seedlings and tender vegetables. Here’s how to prepare for frost: if a severe frost…

easter basket

Easter Basket

April 11, 2022 2:36 pm Published by

Turn your garden bits into an upcycled Easter basket just in time for the children to enjoy hunting for Easter…

sweet peas

Grow Perfect Sweet Peas

April 11, 2022 12:52 pm Published by

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are the prettiest and most rewarding spring-blooming cut flowers to grow, but it requires a little…

potting soil

What is potting soil?

April 8, 2022 4:30 pm Published by

Technically, commercial potting soil is not soil at all, but a blend of materials like composted bark, perlite, sphagnum moss,…

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.…

plant names

What’s In A Name?

April 7, 2022 4:22 pm Published by

Understanding and decoding plant names Plant names, or nomenclature, and Botanical Latin confound new gardeners. That’s not hard to believe:…

lawn tasks

Lawn tasks in March

March 4, 2022 3:46 pm Published by

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

aeonium 'kiwi'

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…

top 10 roses

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…

sow veld

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…


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…

Achieve Planting Success

January 20, 2022 8:32 am Published by

Still in high summer, but no harm in planning forward. So, let’s green our thumbs.. If you have achieved planting…

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Bokashi Composting

January 11, 2022 9:53 am Published by

Bokashi is an odourless composting system that uses up left-over meat, dairy and other food scraps that you wouldn’t normally…

fly trap

DIY Fly Traps

January 11, 2022 9:37 am Published by

It’s easy enough to make your own fly trap. The only problem is having jars filled with deceased flies hanging…

garden journal

Make a Garden Journal

January 11, 2022 9:22 am Published by

A garden journal is a helpful tool for recording your successes, listing future plants you want to try, adding photographs…

butterfly feeder

Butterfly Feeders

January 11, 2022 8:59 am Published by

Bird feeders are all the rage, but what about our other winged friends? Butterflies are great pollinators, contribute to the…

The Language of Flowers

January 10, 2022 3:52 pm Published by

There are two types of dialogue between humans and flowers: the first is in scientific Latin, and the other is…

outdoor office space

Outdoor Office Space

January 10, 2022 3:15 pm Published by

If trend forecasters and opinions are anything to go by, this year will change the nature of work as we…


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…


Cardinal Lobelia

December 1, 2021 2:48 pm Published by

Not all lobelias are neatly mounded for edge planting or trailing for hanging baskets, and not all lobelias are annuals…

surviving the holidays

Surviving the Holidays

November 30, 2021 2:44 pm Published by

December is holiday month and gardening generally goes into holding mode. Getting away for a week or more means the…

bromeliad log DIY

DIY Bromeliad Log

November 30, 2021 1:44 pm Published by

Create a gorgeous centrepiece with a piece of driftwood and some guzmanias, a Vriesea ‘Splenriet’, a string of lights and…


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…

flavours of christmas

Flavours of Christmas

November 26, 2021 4:46 pm Published by

Enjoy our toast to the festive season with some décor ideas and enticing recipes. One of the things that gives…

december checklist

December Checklist

November 24, 2021 4:25 pm Published by

Here’s your December Checklist of things to do in the heavy summer months to maintain your garden and keep it…

silver vernonia

Silver Vernonia

November 23, 2021 9:29 am Published by

Beautiful silver vernonia – ideal for summer borders The silver vernonia is a striking member of the daisy family Asteraceae.…

caring for air plants

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…

companion plants for roses

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…


Enchanting Fuschias

November 22, 2021 11:23 am Published by

Fuchsias are often referred to as the ballerinas of the flower world. Delightful varieties with masses of dainty blooms will…


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…

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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…

november in the garden

November in the garden

November 9, 2021 10:44 pm Published by

Here’s what to do in November in the garden – keep your checklist close to remind yourself. On trend container…

slugs and snails

Slugs and snails

November 9, 2021 10:21 pm Published by

Mitigating the menace of marauding molluscs. Slugs and snails are the bane of the gardener, and also wreak havoc on…

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…


Tips to Trump Weeds

November 8, 2021 9:18 pm Published by

With every new awakening after winter comes the weeds, and if you neglect to kill them off they will keep…

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…

DIY Tiered Wall Pot Holder

October 13, 2021 4:40 pm Published by

Create a wall pot holder with interesting angles to best display your potted plants. Sometimes it’s hard to find space…

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September in your garden

October 12, 2021 8:25 am Published by

This quick September checklist is to remind you what to plant and do in your garden in September. Spring’s best…

lawn mowing

Mow like a pro!

September 14, 2021 12:54 pm Published by

Most of the space in any suburban garden is taken up by a lawn – a dense mat of little…

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Offbeat Outdoor Spaces

September 14, 2021 10:23 am Published by

Create offbeat outdoor spaces that fit your garden and you. Modern gardening requires a holistic approach. Gone are the days…

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Repotting a Cactus

September 6, 2021 9:38 am Published by

The gardener’s version of Mission Impossible? Repotting a cactus is a tedious activity that only comes once every few years…


Make Your Own Wormery

September 6, 2021 9:18 am Published by

Vermicompost is 10 times more nutritious than commercially bought compost. Earthworm tea is a combination of earthworm urine and the…

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DIY Carpenter’s Caddy

September 6, 2021 9:02 am Published by

A carpenter’s caddy, with its classic lines and functionality, can be used for more than just tools. Follow these easy…

lawn care

Wake Up The Lawn

August 5, 2021 9:04 pm Published by

When it comes to lawn care, this is the time for ‘spring scarifying’ your lawn. That means a short cut,…

Bringing Back the Hoya

August 5, 2021 8:50 pm Published by

Read in Afrikaans For many of us, hoyas are those plants our grandmothers had growing on the ‘stoep’ or in…

kangaroo paws

Kangaroo Paws

August 5, 2021 3:30 pm Published by

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


August in Your Garden

August 3, 2021 9:45 pm Published by

This quick checklist is to remind you what to do in August in your garden. Go for ‘Evka’… Pelargonium peltatum…

Picture Frame Greenhouse

August 3, 2021 5:25 pm Published by

This DIY picture frame greenhouse is the cheapest, quickest and cutest greenhouse you can possibly make! It can be used…


Prime Petunias

July 12, 2021 11:42 am Published by

Petunias don’t have a specific season and can actually be planted all year round. But it is in the cold…

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…

june checklist

June in your garden

June 18, 2021 10:53 am Published by

Here is the June checklist to remind you what to plant and do in your garden during June. 1. Kitchen…

seed sowing

Success With Seeds

June 14, 2021 8:51 pm Published by

Last month we looked at the advantages of seeds over seedlings. Now we give you a few tips to ensure…

autumn hanging baskets

Autumn Hanging Baskets

June 7, 2021 8:56 pm Published by

Although spring is synonymous with bright floral hanging baskets, they can actually be hanging around in cool seasons too, with…

hedge planting

Hedge Planting Tips

June 3, 2021 3:19 pm Published by

The fastest and easiest way to plant a hedge is to dig a trench that can accommodate all your hedgelings…

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Propagating Begonia Rex

May 18, 2021 12:28 pm Published by

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to try propagating you Begonia rex (painted-leaf begonia)? Well, if you have a…

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The Value of Sowing Seed

May 18, 2021 12:09 pm Published by

April is an important month for sowing seed for winter and spring colour. Get planning and planting now! Some gardeners…

stackable composter

Stackable Composter

April 22, 2021 12:49 pm Published by

While composters come in all shapes and sizes, this stackable composter is one of the easiest to use, and it…

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…


Weeds and Weedkillers

April 19, 2021 8:28 pm Published by

Keep on top of the invasion. The definition of a weed is essentially a ‘plant growing where you don’t want…

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The Long Garden

April 19, 2021 10:10 am Published by

We create gardens to nourish our human spirits and satisfy our senses. When Tara Forster decided to return home to…


The Value of Earthworms

March 23, 2021 8:55 pm Published by

Charles Darwin, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, spent many years studying earthworms. He came to the conclusion that “no…

flower press

DIY Flower Press

February 24, 2021 8:44 pm Published by

Make your own flower press by following these steps: What you need for a flower press 3 x 300mm x…

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…


Clever with Colour

January 21, 2021 10:28 am Published by

Everyone loves a colourful garden. Some enjoy heady swathes of bright colour while others prefer more subdued colour schemes. Whatever…

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…


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…

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 the…


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…


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…



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…

A Personal Forest

March 20, 2020 1:10 pm Published by

When Stephen and Nicole Baverstock bought into Hawaan Forest Estate, they did so because they like the natural bush feeling…


Sedums…So Succulent

January 21, 2020 11:42 am Published by

If we had to rate a stone and a stonecrop plant comparatively for low care characteristics, the stone would be…



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…

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…

DIY Boot Organiser

September 27, 2019 8:31 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Keep your gumboots organised and out of the way with this attractive boot rack. What you Need…

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…

Sitting Pretty

August 26, 2019 2:01 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans DIY Bench There is nothing more useful than a sturdy little DIY bench in the garden where…

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,…

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Custom Couch-Arm Table

July 23, 2019 11:13 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans This little couch-arm table is pure convenience for your patio couch. What you Need for your Couch-arm…

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…

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…

Trust in Sika Strength

June 11, 2019 1:29 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans You can trust the strength and durability of the Sika universal anchoring adhesive, SikaAnchorFix® S. Sika AnchorFix®…

Moving your roses

June 4, 2019 10:58 am Published by

Moving roses? This is the month to do it! Garden plants always seem to find themselves in the wrong place,…

Tool Charging Station

May 20, 2019 1:27 pm Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Keep your cordless tools organised and recharged with this practical DIY Tool Charging Station. What you Need…

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…

Exciting Cyclamens

May 7, 2019 12:27 pm Published by

Add some colour to your garden this winter with cyclamens! Cyclamens are always a winter favourite due to their long…

Cool as Concrete

April 18, 2019 1:41 pm Published by

Elegantly showcase your pot plants with this funky concrete pot stand! What you Need for your Concrete Pot Stand Cement…

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 the…

Easter parade

March 25, 2019 12:04 am Published by

Lees in Afrikaans Why should Christmas be the only holiday to get wreaths? We think Easter deserves them too, and…

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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. In…

Choosing Fertilizer

January 23, 2019 2:07 pm Published by

Once one is equipped with sufficient knowledge it is easier to make choices from the wide variety of excellent garden…

Flower Press

January 21, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Make your own flower press by following these steps. What you Need 3 x 300mm x 300mm x 18mm wooden boards…

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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…

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Peace Lily paradise

December 14, 2018 3:46 pm Published by

House Vermaak – SALI Gold Award winning Garden 2018 – Garden Design This Gold SALI Award winning 2-acre ‘old Kloof’…

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…

Terracotta Composter

November 7, 2018 9:53 am Published by

Composting Made Simple! Scatter a few of these simple composters throughout your veggie garden for convenient, effective composting. What you…

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African Thunder

October 26, 2018 10:55 am Published by

A South African designer took the Singapore Golden Show by storm with his creative show garden. Thunderclouds roll over the…

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…

Do You Have Stressed Plants?

September 21, 2018 8:36 am Published by

Understanding the Signs & Symptoms of Stressed Plants by Jenny Slabber A crying new-born baby is bewildering to inexperienced parents,…


Mini Greenhouse

September 3, 2018 8:07 pm Published by

Keep your plants warm in style with this DIY mini greenhouse made from upcycled plastic bottles. Fulfil your plant and…

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…


Dare to be different

March 16, 2018 12:01 pm Published by

A monochromatic colour scheme can be elegant and effective. In the two previous parts of this series we chatted about…

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…

Buxom Buxus

February 19, 2018 1:24 pm Published by

Potted Plant Recipe Using Buxus The entrance to a home is much more welcoming when there’s a green focal point…


Shining Pot

February 19, 2018 12:53 pm Published by

Shiny Below and Green and Gold on Top of the Pot What do you get if you combine a striped…


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…


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…

Pots of Autumn drama

February 16, 2018 9:42 am Published by

Spring and summer inspire potting recipes that are frivolous, flowery and colourful but autumn and winter are seasons needing a…

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…


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…

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A tub for a bed

February 15, 2018 1:27 pm Published by

Make a splash in a flower bed by adding an old tub for height, planted up with flowers, herbs and…


Surprise Spring Pot

February 14, 2018 3:47 pm Published by

July is a great time to plant up pots and containers for a spring pot display of the highest order.…

The pot goes on

February 14, 2018 1:48 pm Published by

The Pot that Goes on and on In the October 2013 issue of the magazine, we featured a pot within…


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…

Potting by Water Zone

February 14, 2018 12:30 pm Published by

Plant lovely containers to match specific water zone needs. Responsible gardening hinges on good water management to get the best out…

One Pot, Three pots

February 13, 2018 1:25 pm Published by

Potting Plants One pot with three amazing potting plant options! As spring approaches, most gardeners get the urge to plant.…


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…


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…

Fireworks in a pot!

February 5, 2018 2:53 pm Published by

Asymmetrical design helps to create balance in this pot of variegated green and bright red plants that closely mimic the…

Summer Bowl

February 5, 2018 2:11 pm Published by

Get into the spirit of summer by potting a special blend of florals and edibles, put together with love and…


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’ tend…


Indoor Tower Planter

January 24, 2018 11:19 am Published by

Keep your herbs close to the kitchen with this tiered planter, complete with growing lights. What you Need SA pine…

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Softwood Cuttings

January 22, 2018 12:47 pm Published by

Plant Propagation Make More From what you Have Gardening happiness can take on many forms, but the purest joy is…

Hanging with the Flock

January 22, 2018 11:32 am Published by

Wooden Bird-Feeder This is the tenth in our Working with Wood series presented by David van den Bergh. Throughout the…

Wisdom of three sisters

January 19, 2018 10:19 am Published by

Corn, squashes and beans have been planted together by native Americans for thousands of years. Share in the wisdom of…


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 for…



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 home…

Chicken Tractor

January 17, 2018 1:44 pm Published by

Get Farming with a Chicken Tractor Chickens can be a welcome addition to the home food garden, eating pests, fertilising…

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Gardening Fowl

January 17, 2018 1:21 pm Published by

Gardening most Fowl for your Soil As people seek a more sustainable lifestyle, it has become popular to keep gardening…

Peanut Containers

January 17, 2018 11:25 am Published by

Growing Peanuts in Containers Peanuts are a good novelty plant to grow as they sprout and grow very quickly. They…


Scrounge for Containers

January 17, 2018 8:40 am Published by

Before throwing any containers away, look at how it could be re-used or re-purposed. Instead of seedling trays use jumbo…

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Garden Smoothie

January 17, 2018 8:11 am Published by

A smoothie for your garden soil Blend together banana skins, used filter coffee grounds, eggshells and some water. The banana…

Cladded Planter

January 15, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Let’s be honest – plastic can be a bit ugly in the garden. To get around this we cladded a…

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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Ice Plant Commonly known as ‘Ice plant’, Sedum Spectabile is tolerant of extreme cold and inclement winter weather conditions. It…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…



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…


Helianthus Annus

January 11, 2018 12:39 pm Published by

Sunflowers There’s nothing more breathtaking than a field of golden Sunflowers holding up their heads to the sun. These regal…


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…


Spiraea ‘Arguta’

January 11, 2018 12:31 pm Published by

Bridal Wreath, Foam of May Normal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and…


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…


No Work, Workbench!

January 11, 2018 8:19 am Published by

This is the ninth in our Working With Wood series presented by David van den Bergh. Throughout the series we…


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…

Pavetta lanceolata

January 8, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Forest Bride’s Bush, Weeping Bride’s Bush Pavetta is a hardy, evergreen shrub with dense glossy green leaves and large, dramatic…


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.…



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…


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…


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…

red robin

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…


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…


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…


Plectranthus ciliatus

January 8, 2018 1:42 pm Published by

White Wild Sage There is a huge variety of Plectranthus species, most of which are shade lovers. Beautiful dark green…


Plumeria rubra

January 8, 2018 1:30 pm Published by

Frangipani or West Indian jasmine Frangipani grows best in the hot, humid sub-tropics but is often nurtured and pampered to…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

melaleuca alternifolia

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…


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…


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…

jaboticaba tree

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…


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,…



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.…


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,…


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…


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…


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…



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…


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.…


Lotus berthelotii

January 8, 2018 8:25 am Published by

Parrot’s Beak This unusual and yet striking plant originates from the Canary and Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…



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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Euphorbia tirucalli

December 19, 2017 9:13 am Published by

Sticks of Fire In nature Euphorbia Tirucalli often forms almost indestructible thickets which made it a popular hedge plant around…


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…


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,…

Duvernoia adhatodoides

December 18, 2017 1:04 pm Published by

Pistol Bush Duvernoia adhatodoides grows easily and is ideal for shady, moist spots. It has large dark green leaves and…

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…


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…



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 of…

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…


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…

desert spoon

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,…


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,…



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…

tree grapes

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…


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…

sago palm

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…


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…

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,…


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,…

crassula spathulata

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.…

jade plant

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…


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…


Chondropetalum tectorum

December 15, 2017 12:18 pm Published by

Cape Thatching Reed Chondropetalum Tectorum, commonly known as Cape Thatching Reed, is an evergreen reed with long, tough, leafless stems.…

choisya ternata

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…

spanish chestnut

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…



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…


Bromelia Aechmea

December 15, 2017 10:39 am Published by

Urn Plant The benefits of displaying indoor plants in our homes are huge. Plants are a décor tool, moisturiser, therapist,…


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,…


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…


Bergenia Cordifolia

December 15, 2017 10:17 am Published by

Heart Leaf or Elephant Ear The common names of Heart Leaf or Elephant Ear for the Bergenia Codifolia allude to…


Aristea Capitata

December 15, 2017 9:13 am Published by

Blue Sceptre (previously knows as Aristea Major) Growing on mountain slopes, Aristea Capitata is endemic to the Western, South Western…

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…


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,…



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,…


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…