21
Apr

Anemone

Double/Single Anemone hybrids flower in  Spring.  Plant during the second half of February for early winter flowers or as late as the end of April. Anemone bulbs often benefit from a pre-planting soak to get them ready to grow. Before you head out to the garden to plant soak your anemone bulbs for 2-4 hours or

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11
Jan

Marigolds

Habit:  Loved by amateur gardeners, marigolds are among the easiest flowers in the world to grow and also provide a spectacular display with bright orange, yellow and mahogany coloured flowers.  There are basically two varieties, the African, which are medium to tall, up to a metre, and the French, 30cm tall, being ideal for edging.

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17
Aug

Camellia

Camellia:  Varieties that can withstand temperatures as low as -6.6C are more expensive than the regular varieties, which are suitable only as container plants.  Camellia sinesis yields the leaves for tea;  Camellia japonica and its hybrids are ornamental plants.  Mulch the plants well during harsh winters.  The roots must not freeze;  it is best to

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6
Jul

Brunfelsia – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora/eximia : yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, morning-noon-and-night,Kiss Me Quick.  The species name, bonodora, is from the Latin, and means 'sweet-smelling'. Brunfelsia pauciflora is a shrub up to 2.4 meters tall by 1.5 wide. The leathery leaves are up to 16 centimeters long, dark green on top and paler on the undersides.  The flower is about 5 centimeters long. It [...]
8
Jun

Garden Peas

Garden Peas (Pisum sativum)  Of all the home-grown vegetables, garden peas are the sweetest and most delicious.  For those who don't want to be bothered with shelling - all peas can be eaten as Sugar-snap or Mange tout if they are picked early before the pea forms. Greenfeast is a dwarf garden pea and has [...]
13
Apr

Violas – Pansy

Violas are the one of the most versatile plants you are likely to plant in your garden.  Often considered to be the lesser cousin of the Pansy, the Viola is actually far more tolerant of extreme weather conditions and is relentless in its ability to keep flowering.  Violas are among the most useful long-flowering plants [...]
3
Feb

Salvia

Salvia  plants are widely distributed in South Africa.  The many types of salvias are colorful, reliable flowering plants at home in most parts of the country. Members of this clan, which includes the culinary herb, sage, have square stems, flowers whorled around upright spikes, and bright colored blooms in common.   One of the most popular

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6
Jan

Azalea/Rhododendron

Although a slow process, growing Azaleas and Rhododendrons is worth the effort as these ornamental plants bring a subtle vitality to your garden in spring and early summer. Azaleas and Rhododendrons are closely related; they fall under the genus Rhododendron and family Ericaceae or Erica and originated in the Himalayas, China, Japan and Pakistan.  Rhododendron, from the Latin rhodo (rose) and dendron (tree),

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28
Nov

Poinsettia

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are popular potted plants, particularly during the Christmas season. Brightly coloured and mostly red, a Poinsettia provides effective colour in home decor during and after the holiday season. The newer Poinsettia cultivars are long-lasting in contrast to the cultivars that were available a few years ago. Christmas charm is what these amazing Poinsettias

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3
Nov

Hydrangea

Three obviously different species are cultivated:  Hydrangea paniculata (pointed flowers),  Hydrangea macrophylla (flowering round or flat) and Hydrangea petiolaris (climbing).  The shrub with the round shape (macrophylla) is what we mostly use for gardens.  The hydrangea does not mind shade and for that reason can be a practical choice any garden.  Hydrangea paniculata always flowers

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