Seasonal Gardening

Giving life to 2021’s trends Trends Article

When life gives us manure, gardeners make compost! As such, Life is a Garden would like to invite all green fingers to welcome 2021 as The Great Reset – a time to reconnect with our home space, a chance to grow food and deepen our connection with nature, an opportunity to shape remote working environments, and the ideal excuse to expand outdoor entertainment areas.
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Roses for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is pink month or Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honour of pink here are some stunning pink celebrity roses that you may want to have in your garden.
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Spring brings new beginnings September in the Garden

September is here – the sun is getting warmer, and our gardens are showing new signs of life. Spring is the perfect time to look at your garden with fresh eyes, make some changes and plan for the summer months ahead. 
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November in the Garden

Summer is about colour – everywhere! Old favourites are in full bloom so you need more of them. The best news is the availability of modern dwarf hybrids of many perennials and edibles, which can be planted and enjoyed in the smallest of spaces!
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October in the Garden

We pack a colourful punch this month with bright, flowering suggestions for you to plant and sow right now. Enjoy the beautiful face of October!
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September in the Garden

September in your garden As Margaret Atwood so finely put, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt”, we couldn’t agree more!
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November in the Garden

Summer’s all about colour… Everywhere! The all-time favourites are in full bloom and you need more of them. The best news is the availability of modern varieties of many perennials and edibles which can be planted and enjoyed in the smallest of spaces.
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October in the Garden

We are excitedly marching off to our nearest GCA garden centre to buy flower and vegetable seedlings, seasonal perennials, groundcovers, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, fruit trees, and all the other stalwarts of mid-spring to plant now.
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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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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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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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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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September in the Garden

  Spring has sprung and nearly everything is in flower all over. If you’re short on colour, tools, pots, fertilisers, seeds and inspiration, relax!
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Painted Plant Stone Markers Painted Plant Stone Markers

Painted Plant Stone Markers
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On the snail trail On the snail trail

On the snail trail
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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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Sponge Lettuce

What holds water but is full of holes? A Sponge! Did you know you can grow lettuce in one too? Get the kids to try this wonderfully simple activity this weekend.
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