Beach House Lawn Care Tips that are Absolutely Essential
Owning a home can be a big responsibility – you have to pay the bills, buy the groceries, manage the household, and decorate, if you have time.
“The why and how” of Compost for your garden
What exactly is compost used for - and in what application? If you are confused about this – you are not alone!
Organic vs Inorganic fertiliser?
Organic and inorganic fertilisers provide plants with the nutrients needed to grow healthy and strong. However, each contains different ingredients and supplies these nutrients in different ways.
Louisiana Irises (Iris), and Waterlilies (Nymphaea) are beautiful and elegant water-loving, flowering plants.
Louisiana Irises (Iris) bloom from mid-September to mid-October – this is the prime-time to buy them in flower from your GCA Garden Centre.
La vie en Rose
Celebrate rose month by planting some of these sweet fragranced garden essentials to add colour and charm to your landscape.
Amazing Aloe vera
There are few plants as useful as the Aloe vera. This large succulent boasts a myriad of health benefits thanks to the well-known aloe vera gel it produces within its long leaves.
A beginner’s guide to Hydroponics gardening6 Hydroponic growing methods to get you started
Growing your own wholesome food needn’t require soil or compost. Hydroponics offers a solution to bountiful harvests in small spaces requiring no soil.
Decorating with Greenery
As you prepare your garden for the spring and summer, it is also a good time to add some greenery indoors.View
Water Wise plants that will thrive in every gardenBe water wise
Spring is around the corner and for many regions across the country, this means the first rains for the new season and others will start to see dry months ahead.View
May in the Garden
Tie a knot somewhere to remind you that it is Mother’s Day on Sunday 12 May. Take Mom to a GCA garden centre to spoil her with graceful Phalaenopsis and stunning Cyclamens – both in flower now!
April in the Garden
Folks in South Africa are lucky to have two ‘spring’ seasons every year – the traditional spring in September when plants from the Northern hemisphere flower, and another one in April when many of our own flowers abound.View
Touch-me-not – New Guinea Impatiens
New Guinea Impatiens are part of the genus “impatiens”, which will come as no surprise to most, is Latin for “impatient”.View
In some parts of the world Portulaca is aptly named the “Time flower” because the flower opens and closes at specific times of the day.View
Sweet, Sweet Alyssum
Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is one of the gardener’s most faithful allies, providing welcome year round colour with minimal fuss.View
Celosia, also known as cockscomb is invaluable as a container filler and mixed summer border bedding plant. The flowers show in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, bronze, red, scarlet, pink and magenta, so make for wonderful ‘hot-spots’ of intense, textured colour in the garden.View
Round Up Summer Colour
Ask any experienced gardener and they’ll tell you that no garden bed is complete without a representative of this group of annuals bringing their particular brand of hardy good cheer.View
Blazing Colour Spots
Get ready to set your beds alight this November with blazes of pinks, reds, oranges, purples and white with this month’s toughest little bloomer, Vinca.View
Summer Show Stoppers
Hailing from around the globe, including several indigenous varieties, Begonias come from a massive genus consisting of more than a thousand species.View
Columbine (Aquilegia ‘Songbird’)
This compact plant has eye catching, darling bell shaped flowers from in an assortment of colours. It flowers from Spring to Autumn, enjoys semi shade and reaches a height of 50cm.View
Carpets of Colour
If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then marigolds are just the thing for you. Their colourful flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, red and bi-coloured, with many flower shapes and sizes to choose from.View
Life is a Garden is the marketing division of The South African Nursery Association (SANA). SANA is a member-driven, non-profit organisation, which strives to promote gardening as a hobby in South Africa for ALL South Africans. To ensure the highest standards, SANA’s garden centre members form part of the Garden Centre Association which strives to continuously improve the quality of products, knowledge and customer service within garden centres. These GCA garden centres can be identified by yellow and green GCA flags, present at garden centres and home stores, nationwide.
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