Garden Plants

Magnificent Trees of the Year 2019: Marula and Apple-leaf

The rustling sound of leaves blowing in the wind and birds singing from branches are a gentle reminder of the magnificence of trees.
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How to lift/move trees and shrubs easily! Read more here

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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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Colours in every shade: Fresh colour ideas

Bulbs, annuals, bedding plants, beautiful trees… there are many ways to brighten up your garden and your life with instant, or with long-lasting and seasonal, colour.
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Trees to cool the earth

Who has not enjoyed a summer picnic in the shade of a tree, watched birds nesting, or listened to leaves as they rustle and whisper in the wind?
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Trees for small gardens

With more and more homeowners living on smaller properties, gardens have downsized. Trees can still form part of these landscapes – find out which ones are suitable for small gardens… The secret to choosing a tree for a smaller property is to make sure you know all its characteristics before buying it.
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A list of trees for small gardens

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) Trees suitable for small gardens must have a non-invasive root system. Evergreens will retain interest throughout the year, but what is not always remembered is that evergreens shed leaves throughout the year, unlike deciduous trees that shed their leaves within a few weeks and let in the winter sun.
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Tough beauties

Indigenous Cape honeysuckle is a versatile shrub that is ideal for water smart gardens. The Cape honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis) is one of those extraordinary plants that looks as if it needs a lot of watering and pampering, but in fact is a tough shrub that survives heat, drought, coastal conditions and wind.
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The vital role of trees

Trees are an important part of our environment, providing shade and improving air quality! Rothmannia globosa Trees provide privacy, reduce noise and hide undesirable views; they catch the slightest breeze creating air movement, and help filter polluted air.
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Conifer cure

Are there natural enemies of the cypress aphid? Find out more about those pesky aphids that causes a problem on certain conifers during the winter months.
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