Seasonal Gardening


January in the Garden

Although our purses are thin after the festive season and our energy levels still at a low ebb after the holidays, our dreams and passion for our gardens never dwindle.
Life is a Garden

December in the Garden

Avoid the crowds and take a ‘green’, more convenient & relaxed approach to your festive shopping this year. Visit your favourite GCA garden centre and be inspired by the practical, stunning and living options on offer!!
Flowers marigolds

November in the Garden

It’s summertime and life is, (or should be) a garden in bloom! Spend time this month to keep on feeding fast-growing plants and lawns, and adding lots of summer colour to your garden beds.

Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’

This plant will truly blow your mind with its true blue flowers and consistent flowering. It is perfect to use as a ground cover in the garden or in containers where it will form a mounding mat of blue flowers.

Portulacaria afra

Also known as Elephant’s food/the Pork bush, Portulacaria afra is a succulent shrub with small rounded leaves and a contrasting red stem.

Zinnia Zahara Sunburst

  Zinnia Zahara have striking summer flowers and Sunburst™ top’s this list with its striking orange and red bi colour flowers.

Floribunda Burgundy Iceberg

Exactly like ‘Iceberg’ in growth habit & flowering ability. Clusters of burgundy-red blooms with a silver reverse. It has become a favourite in South Africa & is the ideal choice for contrasting with ‘Iceberg’.

Indoor Plant of the Month for October – New Guinea Impatiens

    It’s hard to find striking colour contrasts as unique and vivid as New Guinea Impatiens. These hardy, easy-to-grow impatiens thrive in half sun/half shade locations and can be used to brighten up indoor spaces for several weeks at a time.

Trachelospermum Jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Has an alluring, sweet scent.

Gaura ‘Belleza RED’

Gaura’s are commonly known as the Butterfly Bush, Bee Blossom, Angel Wings, Butterflies in the Wind or Wand Flower. Gaura ‘Belleza RED’ is a gardener’s dream as it is easy to grow, is fast growing and has a long lasting display of blooms.

Delosperma Cooperi

Klipvygies/Coopers Ice Plant Delosperma belongs to the Aizoceae family commonly known as ‘Vygies’. Delosperma cooperi are known as ‘Klipvygie’ or ‘Coopers Ice Plant’ and are indigenous to South Africa where they are mainly found in the drier parts of our country.

Coprosma repens varieties

  The Mirror plant Glossy and almost polished leaves denote that this plant is often referred to as the mirror bush.
Teeny Deep Rose

Gypsophila ‘Teeny Deep Rose’ and ‘Gypsy White’

Gypsophila is also known as Baby’s Breath due to its dainty foliage and petite flowers It is a compact, mound forming, annual, bedding plant that grows 15-20cm in height.

October in the Garden

Put your ear to the ground and you will hear the sound of stomping gumboots! It will send excited South African gardeners, big and small, young and old, experienced or ‘green’, marching off to their nearest garden centre where they will find seedling tables groaning under annual and vegetable seedlings, and beds heavily stocked with perennials in season, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and all the other stalwarts of spring and summer, to plant.    

Bold, Bright and Beautiful

If bold, bright and beautiful is what you are after, then December’s companions are right up your alley. Celosia offers up a colour feast of red, orange, yellow, hot pink, rose, mahogany and magenta which are vivid and remain so for about eight weeks while Portulaca, our versatile little companion is available in scarlet, pink, orange and yellow for the bolder gardener.

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.
Copy of Chondropetalum

Chondropetalum Tectorum Porcupine

Beautifully architectural, hardy plant.
Tomato soup


There is just nothing to beat tomatoes in terms of taste, variety and satisfaction. In addition to this, they feature in just about every kind of cuisine, besides being a staple in salads and sandwiches.
Bush of strawberry


Who can resist the juicy, sweet, bright fruit of a strawberry? They are easy and rewarding to grow and will do well amongst other shrubs in a garden bed or in a pot.
IMG_2527 Dierama pen

Dierama Pendulum

A wonderful juxtaposition occurs in the Eastern Cape veld from spring to early summer. Graceful wedding bells or African hairbells start peeking through the brown shades of veld, little treasure mounds of green and mauve that are a sure sign that warmer weather and picnics are on the way!