Seasonal Gardening

September in the Garden

Spring is here! The quote “We’re so excited, we wet our plants!” is really appropriate to how we feel right now!
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August in the Garden

The sap is rising and most of nature awakens once more in expectation of another spring and major growing season to come… It is time to think about composting, planting, making pretty and tooling up.
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July in the Garden

In bygone days, gardeners would spend mid-winter poring over seed catalogues and planting bare-rooted roses and fruit trees sent to them by snail-mail or rail.
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June in the Garden

June in your garden Avid gardeners will tell you that their lifelong love of gardening and plants probably originated from the gift of a cool plant such as a cactus, bonsai tree, fly catcher, or a little love palm when still only a child.
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May in the Garden

First of all, tie a knot somewhere to remind you that it is Mother's Day on Sunday, 14 May, and remember that your local GCA garden centre will be stocked to the rafters with the prettiest gift ideas to make all moms smile!
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April in the Garden

Colour matters and to enjoy lots of autumn colour now, means you should PLANT SMART. 'Smart planting' means taking home top sellers, buying plants which are in season (a time when they will be looking their best!), and using those which will give you better bang for your buck!
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March in the Garden

It’s planting season! Time to get new plants into the ground to establish before winter and also the ideal time to move and replant trees and perennials.
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February in the Garden

Let your love bloom in this Valentine’s month when you fill your garden (and heart) with stunning flowering plants in the most passionate colours, available at your favourite nursery.
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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’.
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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.
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Trachelospermum Jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Has an alluring, sweet scent.
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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.    
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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.
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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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Tomatoes

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.
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Strawberries

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.
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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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