Garden Plants

Marigolds

Warming Up the Beds

If it’s warm, rich colours you are after then our November companions are perfect for you! Marigolds are first up, offering their warm sunny colours for most of the year and outlasting many other annuals.
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Colour Explosion

Impatiens – known to many as “Busy Lizzies” – are a vital ingredient to any summer garden. Few other plants offer such a mass of blooms for such a long period as these valiant little plants.
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Sunsets and Honey

Our companions this month are reminiscent of two very special gifts from Mother Nature – sunsets and honey. Our indigenous Gazanias bloom in bursts of brilliant colours in the shades of a magnificent African sunset.
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Effortless Beauty

Petunias are renowned for three reasons; they’ve been around forever (known since the mid 1700s at least), they’re generous bloomers and there’s a petunia to suit every season.
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The Long and the Short of It

July’s companions bring a cheery sight and smell to any winter garden. Both thriving in cooler climates, pansies and foxgloves are a statement couple.
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Winter Sun Winners

Winter Sun Winners
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Colourfully Cool Companions

Colourfully Cool Companions
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Vincas – ying and yang

Madagascar, an island off the south eastern coast of Africa, is the natural home of Catharanthus roseus, the five-petaled wonder of the medicine world.
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Poppies – Pure Pleasure

Numerous gardeners have been inspired by Iceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule). They are beautiful to look at, especially when the sunlight shines through their translucent, crepe-like yellow, orange, pink, red and white petals.
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Our Treasured Flowers – Gazania

Although South Africa has many indigenous treasured flowers, only one actually goes by the common name ‘Treasure Flower’, and that is our beloved gazania.
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Mimulus – Monkey Mime

If you’ve never heard of Mimulus before, it’s a great time to become acquainted with this gorgeous little bloom. Mimulus, translated from Latin, means “mime” which refers to the funny clown-face the fat petals of the flower make when viewed head on.
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Marigold – Mother Mary’s Gold

When one hears the word “Marigold” it’s virtually impossible not to think of the gorgeous golden colour that many marigolds offer us.
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Dianthus – Flowers of the Gods

To mean, Flowers of the Gods, such is the reverence of the dianthus bloom. From the Greek words dios, meaning “god” and anthos, meaning “flower”, the Greek botanist, Theophrastus, cited the perfect mix in the name, dianthus.
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Coleus – Leave it Out

Taking a look at the common names for coleus, it doesn’t take much imagination to tell, it’s all about the leaves.
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Plant proteas this summer

The best of proteas and pincushions have been bred into a range of hybrid varieties especially designed for local gardens. Planning on adding ecologically indigenous water wise plants to your garden this summer?
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October – Dianthus for all seasons

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.
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May – Fairy primula for winter colour

No winter garden is complete without the delicate blooms of the Primula malacoides, aka Fairy Primrose. Primula comes from the Latin word “primus” meaning first.
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Venerated Verbena

If ever there was a list of sacred plants, verbena would be close to the top. Verbena, translated directly from Latin, means Sacred Bough and throughout history it was thought to inspire creativity, be a cure-all and some even believed it could aid in settling disputes, firmly locking in links to folklore and being magical.
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Valuable Verbenas

Divine and supernatural are not usually words one would associate with a plant of any description, but Verbenas have most certainly earned those descriptions.
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The Colour of Love

During the month of February, whether you’re in a relationship or not, there is hardly a soul alive who can escape the fact that it is the month of love.
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