Fiery fynbos

Fynbos is a specific group of vegetation that is known as Proteaceae. Fynbos has expertly adapted over millions of years and has thus become the world’s most diverse plant habitat, even more than a tropical rainforest.

Proteas

King Pink is our national flower and a dramatic addition to the garden. They enjoy full sun in beds and containers, are drought and frost-hardy, and make for stunning cut flowers. Enjoy their bold blooms from July to October every year. 

Ericas

Fairy Confetti is a sweetheart shrub with masses of tiny pink flowers that add happiness to the garden. Their pretty blooms can be expected from spring, along with the many indigenous wildlife visitors they attract. Plant then in full sun in beds or pots. 

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Leucospermums

The Scarlet Ribbon is a vigorous grower with no shortage of blooms. Their intricate flower heads will bring any bed or container to life with striking red, orange, and yellow details. Grow then in full sun and enjoy their flowering time from September. 

 

Leucadendron range

Inca Gold is a decorative foliage plant with bright green, lime/yellow leaves that contrast perfectly with their pink edges. Grow them in full sun beds where you can look forward to a unique flower show from November to September.

Top tip: Fynbos love organic, rich dirt and thrive in sandstone derived, acidic soil with good drainage and no manure.   

Top tip: Mulch your plants with acid compost once a year and remember to prune your fynbos after flowering or before spring for nice full growth. 

Hanging basket bulker: Plant begonia ‘Dragon Wings’ in shades of light pink and reds for added hanging basket cuteness in full to semi-sun areas. 

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In the garden

Lawn love

Give your grass the pre-spring treatment by low mowing, spiking, feeding, and firm raking (scarifying). Apply a generous layer of lawn dressing and fertiliser, available at your garden centre, and cover the area so that just the tips of the blades are visible. Water deeply and consistently for the next week until your lawn rejuvenates.

Top lawn tip: Lawn dressing allows you to level out your lawn, so apply extra to dips and hollows. 

Windowsill sowing

Sow tomatoes, eggplants, globe artichokes and peppers in seedling trays near a warm windowsill. Transplant your veggies at the end of next month with some potting soil, compost, and edible-specific fertiliser from your garden centre.

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Hungry hydrangeas

Start feeding hydrangeas towards the end of August. Should you want to enhance the blue of your hydrangeas, sprinkle fertiliser around the root zone of the bush and water well. Ask your GCA Garden Centre attendant for advice on the best plant products to use. 

Perfect pruning 

Prune woody shrubs and foliage plants that are not influenced by a specific flowering season. Firmly prune poinsettia, plumbago, tecoma, hypericum, heliotrope, solanum, canary creeper, golden shower, and buddleja now.

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Sneaky snails

Snails and slugs in winter rainfall areas will be out and about, looking to feast on your soft new spring growth. Place snail bait pellets inside a cut-open plastic bottle and bury it so that just the neck sticks out. This ensures you don’t waste any product and all the culprits are caught!

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