Garden Plants

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June in the Garden

Do hard-landscaping maintenance now, but also some gentle and playful planting. June gardening would not be complete without the breath-taking beauty of camellias, as they add such life to the winter garden.
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Pretty polygalas

Indigenous polygalas are easy-to-grow, low maintenance and water wise plants that provide a dazzling display for many months of the year.
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The romance of fragrance

Of all the sensory delights that a garden offers, the most romantic of all is fragrance. While a garden is typically designed to delight the eye, to be truly romantic, fragrance is essential.
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Walk on the wild side

Chris Dalzell, Curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens provides tips and a list of suitable indigenous plants for local gardens. Strelitzia reginae Indigenous gardens are very fashionable as they are known to attract local birds and butterflies and also require less watering and maintenance.
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Enhancing the summer garden

Life is a glorious summer garden filled with bright colour and interesting shapes. Joan Wright tells you how to make your summer garden more attractive with colourful flowers and plants with contrasting form.
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A romantic retreat

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to turn your thoughts to designing a garden for romance. A garden of romance is all about ambience and there are many ways you can introduce a romantic atmosphere into your garden.
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Plant up a sunshine yellow garden

The colour yellow, whether pale lemon or brilliant gold, adds sparkle to the summer garden. Yellow is the colour of joy.
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November in the Garden

If your lawn isn’t dark emerald green by now, fertilise it and water and mow regularly. The holidays are coming and you are going to be spending lots of time lying on your lawn, either watching the clouds go by or gazing at the stars, and you deserve to be comfortable!
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February in the Garden

It is hot everywhere right now, but you will simply have to resist the call of the swimming pool in your garden, or the beach, to focus on your garden!
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Burst into spring with vygies

Vygies are a family of jewel-like plants that are in full flower during September. Vygies – or mesembryanthemums – are truly South Africa’s most colourful plant group.
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Camellia charisma

The queen of the winter garden is, without a doubt, the stunningly beautiful camellia. Camellias, with their beautiful blooms in shades of white and pink through to deep crimson and their long flowering season, continue to amaze all who have the good fortune to enjoy them in their gardens.
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Daisies

Late summer is a wonderful time to create a meadow-style garden with colourful members of the daisy family combined with grass-like plants.
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Fragrant shrubs

Bring the delightful scents of summer into your garden by filling your borders with fragrant shrubs. Fill your world with fragrance this summer! 
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Sweet and neat

Compact neat shrubs with small flowers are valuable plants for providing textural contrast in the border. A gardener is typically drawn to plants with large flowers or dramatic foliage.
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Tropical splendour

Hibiscus shrubs are a spectacular addition to the garden as they provide vibrant colour for many months! Hibiscus rosa-sinensis The wonderful showy blooms of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) make it a popular choice for gardens, especially in subtropical, frost-free areas where they flower continuously throughout the year.
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Shrubs for small gardens

Abelia grandiflora Sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica) Abelia grandiflora with plain green leaves or variegated ‘Francis Mason’ have arching stems and tiny white bell-shaped flowers.
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Beautiful shrubs for a tropical garden

Use varying shapes, forms and colours of shrubs to provide your tropical garden with year-round interest. Tropical gardens are exciting palettes of colour, form and texture and your garden can be just as vibrant with a bit of planning.
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Autumn flowering shrubs

Autumn-flowering shrubs give colour to the garden just as we think summer is on the wane and winter is knocking at the door, providing a glorious flush of blooms until the first frosts occur.
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All about ericas

Ericas are beautiful fynbos plants that thrive in Western Cape gardens but can also be grown in inland gardens if you choose the right varieties.
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