Steer clear of Whiteflies Gogga of the Month

Whiteflies can be a menace in the garden. These flies are close relatives to aphids, they are both sap-sucking insects. It is essential that you steer clear of them.

Symptoms/Signs

These pests are capable of two types of damage to your plants namely; direct and indirect.

1) Direct: Theses pesky pests will suck all the juices and nutrients from your plant. This will lead to the yellowing and premature falling of leaves, severe infestations can be fatal to the plant.

2) Indirect: Adult whiteflies are known for spreading diseases from sick plants to healthy ones. Whiteflies also secrete honeydew like their close relatives' aphids. Honeydew is a sticky substance which eventually becomes dark due to a fungus called sooty mold. The sooty mold will stop light from filtering through to the leaves which will have fatal consequences for your plants.

What does this mean for me/my plants?

In the case of direct damage, the plant will be sapped of all its nutrients and eventually die! The sooty mold will spread to the leaves of the plant. This makes it hard for the leaves to receive sunlight, this makes it very hard for the plants to make their own nutrients!

Suggested Action

Plants can be treated with a registered systemic insecticide. The instructions on how to use the insecticide will be on the pack.

Visit your local GCA – Garden Centre for more tips and advice on how to deal with whiteflies. Click here to find your nearest GCA  https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/category/garden-centres/

 

Jasminum polyanthum (Chinese Jasmine)

The sweet scent of Jasmine in the air clearly marks the arrival of spring in South Africa. This evergreen, vigorous climber is perfect to use near windows or braai areas so that its sweet perfume can be enjoyed.

Jasminum polyanthum grows best in sun or light shade and loves a well drained compost enriched soil. It has average water needs. Be careful of over watering in the winter months as this will cause rot.

Chinese Jasmine blooms from late winter into spring with heads of sweetly scented blossoms. Its pink buds open into white star-like flowers that cascade down the shrub.

As it is a strong grower it will need to be supported by means of a trellis or be allowed to ramble over other shrubs in a garden. It works well when planted next to a fence or helped up an unsightly wall…great idea as a cover over water tanks which are becoming a fixture in South African gardens. To keep it tidy you will need to prune after flowering.

Jasmine polyanthum is a rewarding garden climber, especially when planted in a spot where you can enjoy the beautiful fragrance and blushing pink and white flowers. Be sure to place some flowers in your home so that their wonderful scent can mark the arrival of spring!

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Midstream Garden Centre
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Lynnwood
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Margaret Roberts’

Lavandula is the genus name for what we all know as Lavender. A wonderful hardy plant that is actually related to the mint family and is mostly endemic to countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. They are loved for their fragrant leaves and beautiful flowers and have a wide variety of uses from scenting products to herbal remedies and cooking.

Lavenders like to grow in the sun with sufficient air movement around them. They prefer to grow in well-drained soil to which well decomposed compost has been added. They require regular watering when first planted but once the plants are established, they are water-wise. Be aware of over watering as this will cause rotting and they could die.

To keep a Lavender bush tidy prune back lightly, up to a third after flowering. Do not allow it to become overgrown and woody and then attempt to prune back as you could lose your plant.

Lavenders have a wonderfully long flowering period which makes them good garden subjects. They generally start flowering from early winter through spring and into summer and its best to remove faded flowers to encourage new flowers. The flowers make excellent cut flowers and are often used in dried arrangement too. Lavender flowers are butterfly magnets and the shrubs are known to be buck & rabbit resistant which make them great from farm yard gardening.

Lavender can also be used

  • medicinally, it is said to aid sleep,
  • as a scented repellent…. excellent for mosquito, midge and fly repellents
  • as a culinary herb, the flowers are delicious when used for baking purposes
  • as a household freshener and cleaning agent.

Lavenders are stunning when planted en mass. Plant them in areas where you are able to brush against them to experience their beautiful scent. They work well in containers, especially on a braai patio, and make gardening heavenly scented and easy!

False Codling Moths Gogga of the Month

This month’s gogga of the month is the infamous False Codling Moth or Thaumatotibia (Crytoplebia) leucotreta. This pesky pest penetrates fruits like citrus and apples and lays its eggs inside the fruit.

Symptoms

If the fruits are green, the penetration holes will turn yellow. The larvae are laid inside the blossoms and the new fruits forms around it. The fruit will look edible and only after peeling or breaking into it, will you find the larvae inside!

What does this mean for me/my plant?

The penetration holes will turn brown and appear sunken in as the fruit tissue gets more deteriorated. The maturing larvae will increase the size of the penetration holes so that they can turn into moths and exist in the fruits. The distressed plants will eventually fall within four weeks. The fruit will ripen as usual but will contain the moth and will not be edible.

Suggested Action

Spray plants preventatively for the first time, after 80% of blossom fall, after that every 14 days. Use a concentrated contact and stomach insecticide, following the instructions on the pack.

 

Visit your local GCA Garden Centre to get more advice on how to deal with false codling moths on your fruits. Click here to find your nearest GCA  https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/category/garden-centres/

 

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!

On trend – containering

Container gardening is gaining popularity by the day and what’s not to love about it?

  • you can garden in small spaces – even indoors;
  • you can take your garden with you if you move home;
  • you can change your garden according to the seasons or if you get bored with it;
  • you have perfect control over the soil
  • from the traditional and pretty decorative pots, to gumboots and repurposed wooden pallets, the variety of different containers you can use is endless.

GCA garden centres are stocked to the rafters with everything you need to really get stuck into containering – you will find top quality soil mediums, a wide range of pots, drainage chips, suitable plants in variety, (very few plants are not conducive to growing in pots in any case!), water soluble fertilisers, water retention products and very decorative mulches. (Pssst… Coming into the festive season, look out for red and green-coloured mulches!)

You can feed yourself royally from pots

Plant blueberries, strawberries and Cape gooseberries in large pots. Look out at garden centres for ‘The Patio’ range of veggies like ‘Roma’ (a container tomato), a mini-butternut called ‘Honeynut’, and the golden zucchini ‘Easy Pick’.

To health with blueberries!

They say that the blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is one of the world’s super foods due to a high concentration of antioxidants, and luckily for us, good blueberry varieties are now readily available – just in time for those scrumptious summer smoothies. Plant them in full sun in a space which will allow for a mature height of 1,5m and a spread of up to 2m wide.

Bright and Beautiful Beetroot

Beetroot is a stalwart of the garden; an efficient crop (one can use both the leaves and roots) which doesn’t take up much space, and is also very nutritious. The leaves are a good source of calcium, iron and vitamins A and C, and the taste is milder than Swiss chard. The root helps to detox the liver, tones the blood and builds red blood cells.

Beetroot needs: Full sun, neutral to slightly acidic soil that drains well and regular watering

  • Planting

Beetroot requires a finely prepared soil if it is to form well-shaped roots. Sow seeds 3cm apart, in full sun, directly into the soil about 2cm deep, in rows 30cm apart. Keep the soil moist during germination and they will germinate quickly – within 7-14 days.

Germination tip: Did you know that beetroot seed naturally contains a chemical that inhibits germination, which is why seed often doesn’t sprout until after heavy rain? To help nature on its way, soak the seed in lukewarm water for about an hour before sowing. It should germinate within 10-14 days.

  • Growing tips

Because the seeds are actually seed clusters of 2-5 seeds, the seedlings will appear in fairly dense clumps. If you want a good root crop, it is necessary to thin out the seedlings to about 5cm apart when they are about 5cm high, otherwise the roots become woody. You can replant these seedlings in a new row, provided the roots have not been damaged. Thin the rows a second time when they are about 7cm high. The remaining seedlings should be about 10-15cm apart. The seedlings from the second thinning can be planted as a row, or used as greens for the table, or can even be used straight away as small leaves for the salad bowl. Water regularly throughout the growing season and feed once a month with a liquid fertiliser.

How to treat red spidermite on your plants

Symptoms

Our “gogga” of the month for November will most likely cause fine, pale mottling with small yellow/green mites on the underside of leaves and stem. In severe cases, a fine silk web will be apparent and leaves lose their green colour

What does this mean for me/my plants?

Leaves dry up, fall off and weakened plants may die

Suggested Action

Treat with mineral oil. Visit your local GCA garden centre for advice on the best mineral oil.

Hibiscus Graff

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis longiflora Adonicus var. ‘Adonicus’ (N) ZA 20155888

The perfect island dream. Spectacular long lasting pink flowers with a darker pink eye. Shrub that flowers throughout the year. Evergreen. Plant in a sunny to semi-shaded position. Plants cannot tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, ±2m x 1.5m. (N) Registered Plant Breeders Rights.

Superior Selection TM. TM Trademark pending.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Longiflora Boreas Yellow var. ‘Boreas Yellow’(N) ZA 20155893

The perfect island dream. Spectacular long lasting large bright yellow flower with a burgundy centre. Shrub that flowers throughout the year. Evergreen. Plant in a sunny to semi-shaded position. Plants cannot tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, ±2m x 1.5m. (N) Registered Plant Breeders Rights. Superior Selection TM. TMTrademark pending.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Longiflora Apollo var. ‘Apollo’ (N) ZA 20155891

The perfect island dream. Spectacular long lasting large Orange coloured flowers with a darker orange eye, orange halo and broad yellow edges. Shrub that flowers throughout the year. Evergreen. Plant in a sunny to semi-shaded position. Plants cannot tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, ±2m x 1.5m. (N) Registered Plant Breeders Rights.

Superior Selection TM. TM Trademark pending.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Ludwigs Roses Winelands – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Vredendal Kwekery – Vredendal
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

Mandevilla Sundaville ® Cosmos White var. ‘Sunmandeho’

The Sundaville® Cosmos White (Sunmandeho) is a real vigorous climber. This mandevilla with super big flowers blooms non stop and is perfect suitable for pots, balcony boxes. This mandevilla requires little water and gives an abundant show of flowers. Prefers any location with full sun or partial shade.

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Mandevilla White

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Ludwigs Roses Winelands – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Vredendal Kwekery – Vredendal
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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!

Smart planting

Enhance your gardening pleasure and manage your budget and water bill with these hardy beauties:

  • Pelargonium pizazz!

Fill up pots, window boxes, your rock garden, and the openings in cement retaining walls with pelargoniums (more commonly known as Geraniums) in different colours. These plants are ideal to add colour to hot and sunny places.

Troubleshooting…

Although they are easy to grow and quite tough, they can sometimes be shy to flower profusely. Here are some good tips:

– The right soil: Geraniums hate wet feet and heavy, slow draining soil. Use a good quality commercial potting mix for pots, and condition garden soil with lots of compost.

– The right food: Keeping these plants hungry for food will cause them to sulk and stop flowering. They are gross feeders and need feeding in the garden every six weeks with a slow release general fertiliser. Plants in pots should be fed fortnightly throughout the year with a water soluble fertiliser.

– The right cut: Remove spent flowers regularly and prune the plants back in spring or autumn to keep them bushy. Tattered old plants can be given a new lease on life by cutting up to two thirds of the plant away, ensuring you leave some leaves on the plant.

– The right way with water: Geraniums are water wise. Only water them when the surface of the soil is dry.

  • Jasmine time – the October stalwart must be star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). This versatile creeper with its glossy, dark green foliage and aromatic, pure white flowers, can be used to trail over pergolas and fences and if planted in mass, as groundcovers under trees.

Agapanthus ‘White Ice’ (Agapanthus africanus)

The word Agapanthus is interestingly derived from the Greek words ‘agapѐ’ meaning love and anthos meaning flower.

Agapanthus enjoys full sun or semi shade where they should be planted in well drained soil. It is important to remember that low light areas can encourage less flowering.

Agapanthus ‘White Ice’ grows to approximately 40 cm in height and produces short strong flower spikes above the foliage. These spikes hold a large globular head bearing open faced white flowers which appear through the summer months, generally from December to March. Regular deep watering especially during the summer will keep these plants happy however once established they are water wise specimens. For strong leaves and exceptional flowers be sure to feed with a good compost and organic fertiliser in autumn or spring.

Agapanthus ‘White Ice’ is evergreen and indigenous and will handle very light frost. They are good for coastal gardening, make excellent cut flowers and are drought tolerant and water wise once established. Small groupings make excellent focal points; they cope well in containers and help attract butterflies and bees to your garden!

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River

North West Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

How to deal with lawn weeds

Symptoms

Our “visitor” of the month for October (not really a “gogga”) manifests itself in the appearance of broadleaf weeds on the lawn, patches of discoloured lawn, and even patches of soil where lawn has been completely destroyed.

What does this mean for me/my plants?

Weeds compete with plants (in this case grass) for moisture, nutrients, light, and space, leaving lawn looking yellowish brown, and eventually completely weed-ridden.

Suggested Action

Treat with a selective broadleaf herbicide. Visit your local GCA garden centre for advice on the best herbicide.

Promise in a pot: Herb pots for the window sill, or patio

Spring sweetness. When the days reach further into the evenings, spilling stars and the sunset’s streaks of gold and red across the same heavens.

Sitting on the veranda in good company can only be improved if you are among beautiful flowers and thriving plants. Who could say no to flavourful sprigs of thyme and rosemary greeting them at the window? Let’s have a closer look at some of the choicest herbs to keep on hand this summer.

How to bring your veranda to life with beautiful pots, planters, and herbs

  • Different planters and pots can add a homely feel. Copper planters for each herb can be mounted to a simple wooden base, and installed against a vertical wall.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle old plastic cooldrink bottles by cutting them to make a unique planter face. Another great way to incorporate herbs and try your hand at vertical gardening (up against a wall).
  • Wooden planters are ideal for the herbs that grow into larger bushes, like rosemary and lavender. Have you tried to use a potato planter? These handy pots simply require a twist and the roots of the plant are exposed, making a potato harvest as easy as, well, potato pie.
  • A veranda with a simple multilevel ensemble of pots and plant adds visual depth to a pot plant arrangement.

With the perfect arrangement of pots, planters, and mounts, you need to add some life. Herbs are the ideal plants as they’re resistant to pests, easy to grow, and essential flavour contributors in the kitchen.

Beautiful basil

Basil forms the flavour base of many dishes, particularly pestos, pasta dishes, and pizzas.

Growing basil indoors is easy, provided you give them the correct conditions. They require well draining, nutrient-rich soil with a PH level between 6.0 and 7.5. The soil should be kept slightly moist, but well drained to prevent the root rot to which they are susceptible.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ range

Hydrangea Endless summer Bloomstar
Vivid purple or rose pink flower on sturdy stems. Depending on the Ph. Glossy dark leaves red veins. Re-blooming. Deciduous. Plant in semi-shades position. Plants can tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate +/- 100cm

Hydrangea Endless summer Blue
For endless joy, a repeat flowering Hydrangea. Large showy blue flowers depend on soil composition (ph) Fast growing shrub that flowers from late spring to summer. Deciduous. Plant in semi shade position. Plants can tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate. +/-8cm x 1.5m

Hydrangea Endless summer Blushing bride
Pure white, maturing to a blush pink or blue flower. It has gloss, deep green foliage. Blushing bride reblooms much faster than its parent, Endless summer. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate. +/- 80cm x 1.5m

Hydrangea Endless summer Pink
For endless joy, a repeat flowering Hydrangea. Large showy pink flowers depends on soil composition (ph) Fast growing shrub, that flowers from late spring to summer. Deciduous. Plant in semi shade position. Plants can tolerate cold and frost. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate.+/- 80cm x 1.5m

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Ludwigs Roses Winelands – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Vredendal Kwekery – Vredendal
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

Pretty Portulaca

In some parts of the world Portulaca is aptly named the “Time flower” because the flower opens and closes at specific times of the day. You can set your clock to it. Clever little thing!

Portulaca grandiflora is part of the Portulacaceae family and is native to the hot, dry plains of northern Argentina, Uruguay and the southern Brazil. It has now been naturalised in other parts of the world. Portulacas are one of very few annual succulents. They love it hot and they are drought tolerant. They will flower from summer up until the first frost.

Portulacas mature at around 15cm in height and 30-40cm in width, variety dependent. The reddish coloured stems are prostate or slightly ascending. The green cylindrical leaves are arranged in clusters around the stem. They are pointed at the ends. Both the stems and leaves are thick, fleshy and juicy.

The flowers are formed at the tips of the stems. They are rose-like in appearance and have either single, semi-double or double petals. The flower size ranges from 3-5cm in diameter. The colours tend to be bright such as scarlet, orange, yellow, pink and white although there are some cultivars that have been bred to have a more pastel palette. For the most part, the flowers are pure coloured, however there are some that have stripes or spots on their petals. Light intensity is very important and Portulaca flowers will not open on cloudy or rainy days.

The best uses for this plant is in a rockery, between stepping stones as groundcover or in a hanging basket. The trailing habit of this plant makes for an ideal companion in containers as it will spill over the edges and add dimension and depth to the overall appearance.

Portulacas do not require a particularly nutrient-rich soil. They grow easily in sandy soils with little water and almost no attention.

Water Wise Watch: Sep 2018

This month at Water Wise

PLANT A TREE!
September is a month where we celebrate the end of the cold winter and the start of spring. A month where we start seeing the importance of trees as they start bringing out the beautiful flowers which look aesthetically pleasing and for some of us, a sudden change of mood. Not only is September a start of spring but in this month we celebrate the importance of trees and hence the whole month is known as National Arbor Month.

Trees form part of our heritage. They have been existing for decades but with the growing development changes, the importance of trees is not quite seen yet the number is declining. In this month, let’s all take some of our time to plant a tree. This could be as simple as planting a tree in your yard, workplace or organizing volunteers in your street to plant trees along the sidewalks of your street.

Be part of of something amazing by doing a small change!

Don't forget to keep an eye out for our first social media campaign!

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Tips for planting a tree

1) Prepare a square or bowl shaped hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree
2) Place the tree in the hole
3) Position the tree where you want it (do not plant your tree too close to walls, water/drain pipes or cables)
4) Support your tree with a wooden stick
5) Water your tree
6) Mulch around the tree
7) Ensure that you are not drowning the tree with excessive water
8) Keep up on pruning

Garden World Presents its annual Spring Festival
‘A Sense of Place’

On the 26th of August 2018 Water Wise took part in celebrating the annual spring festival hosted by Garden World in Honeydew.

Cabbage-palm (Cordyline australis ‘Sunrise’)

With the striking and vibrant colours, it resembles the African sunrise.  Narrow leaves with a reddish-pink mid-rib with pink edges. Registered Plant Breeders Rights.

Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Midstream Garden Centre
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Lynnwood
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Illovo Nursery – Kingsburgh
Ludwig’s Star Roses – Hillcrest
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

Geranium (Pelargonium grandiflorum Elegance® ‘Royalty White’)

A real show stopper, for plants that you can admire in your garden, covered with masses of White flowers with pink stains, in spring. Plant in a sunny to partial shaded position. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Midstream Garden Centre
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Lynnwood
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Illovo Nursery – Kingsburgh
Ludwig’s Star Roses – Hillcrest
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Geelhout Gardens
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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! The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer (and warmer!) and it’s the perfect time to do a happy dance and get into the garden. Get up and garden!

Trending – Gym in nature!

Giving yourself a good workout in the privacy of your own backyard is much nicer and cheaper than taking out a gym contract, and you don’t have to force your ‘love handles’ into unbecoming lycra!

While you are getting fitter and trimmer with pruning, weeding, composting, raking, digging, planting and mowing, your garden will reward your spent time and perspiration with lush growth and great harvests of flowers and edibles. Another advantage is that spending time outside in the sunshine and fresh air, has a positive influence on your psychological health as well – it relieves stress and depression too.

Smart planting in September

Cape thatching reed (Elegia tectorum): This graceful restio specie is found from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and naturally grows in moist, sandy dongas. The plant is, however, quite hardy against frost and dry conditions and will grow virtually anywhere. It is a fast grower with a rounded, tufted growth habit and can reach a mature size of about 1,5 m high, with a spread of 1,5m – 3m. The reed-like stems are dark green and smooth with dark brown bracts. Slender, compact flower spikes with brown bracts appear in autumn.   

Hebe ‘Sunset Boulevard’ flowers heavily with bright purple and pink, from spring far into the summer. This plant and all the many other veronica (Hebe) varieties, are irresistible to butterflies. It grows into a beautiful bright green sphere of about 80cm high and wide.