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
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If you are like many, living a hectic lifestyle with precious little time to potter around the garden, then Petunias are for you.View
Winter Warmth and Smiles
No garden should be without calendulas at this time of year; it’s the only way to guarantee a little burst of sunshine when the weather fails you! View
Scotch Moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’)
Scotch Moss is an evergreen perennial groundcover that forms a very low moss-like carpet of bright neon-yellow foliage. It grows 1-2cm high and spreads 15-30cm.View
One of nature’s gifts to us during winter is the sweet, fragrant face of pansies and violas. These gorgeous little plants really take the bite out of winter.
If it’s the “wow” from flowers you are looking for, then Iceland Poppies (Papaver naudicaule) are just the thing for you.View
What’s not to love about Lobelia? It is a hassle free and exceptionally rewarding little plant. If it is power flowers you are after then Lobelia is the ticket.View
Bold Clowning Around
We all have high expectations of the plants we give a home to and while some results may vary, salvias very rarely disappoint.
Growing Scented Roses
Throughout the ages, man has sought to capture the tantalisingly elusive perfume of the rose. People seem instinctively to bow to a rose bloom – its beauty is a lure that holds the promise of further delight.View
It’s a New Year, a new dawn and surely there is no more appropriate way to see it in than with an annual whose flowers open and shut with the rising and setting of the sun; portulaca.
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