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Breathless at Bosjes

Spirituality, homegrown expertise and locally sourced materials and labour resulted in a breath-taking landscape that offers relief and comfort to anyone and everyone who visits.

3 mins read
The Gardener
June 2020

Big-hearted for mass planting

If you have large areas in the garden to fill, plant all three of these indigenous perennials: they have everything you need!

2 mins read
The Gardener
June 2020

From dull to DELICIOUS: HERBS WITH DRY BEANS

Dry beans are a power food second to none, and they ‘beef up’ slow-cooked comfort food like soups, casseroles and stove-top stews. They are also a staple food in many parts of the world, being a rich source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Half a cup of cooked dry beans contains about 115 calories and provides 8 grams of protein. They also contain phytochemicals that are believed to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and some cancers.

5 mins read
The Gardener
June 2020

UPWARDS AND ONWARDS: vertical veggie growing

Saving space is not the only reason for growing veggies vertically

4 mins read
The Gardener
June 2020

Vertical LIFESTYLE

The Lifestyle College class of 2019 brings us the 2020 Lifestyle Garden Design Show to leave all inspired.

1 min read
The Gardener
June 2020

The pathway DESIGN CHECKLIST

Your foolproof guide to pathway planning

4 mins read
The Gardener
June 2020

The autumn clean up

Just as April is a month for planting, it is also a month for clearing away garden debris to put it to good use in the future, making your garden ready for winter and keeping it free of overwintering pests.

2 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

STRONG on structure

The difference between mere vegetation and a space called a garden is structure …

4 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

Peppy little peperomias

GROW INDOORS

1 min read
The Gardener
April 2020

Meandering palettes

As befits one of the oldest homes in Westcliff, the gracious 3-acre (1.2ha) gardens echo the era of the early 1900’s with their flower-filled borders, dovecote and rolling lawns. But that only tells half the story.

4 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

LIVELY LEAVES

Often referred to as zebra plants or peacock plants, calatheas are known for their bold rounded leaves.

2 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

Layer your bulbs

BULB NEWS

2 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

Impressive Quinine Tree For Large Gardens

Tree Of The Month

1 min read
The Gardener
April 2020

How To Sow Garden Fairies

This year if you plant only one annual that flowers in late winter and spring, make it a colour cloud of lots of Primula malacoides (fairy primrose).

2 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

Make Your Own Garden Gold

The greenest thing a food gardener can do (apart from planting the green stuff) is to make compost. It ticks each box for all the four ‘R’s’: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose and Reduce.

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The Gardener
April 2020

Herbs For Chicken Take The Herb Path Less Travelled

Is there any culinary herb that doesn’t go well with chicken? Some of the all-time favourites are rosemary, lemon thyme, sage, oregano and garlic. But why not try something different?

4 mins read
The Gardener
April 2020

Vibrant (and rustic) autumn shades

At this time of year every gardener can enjoy the shapes, rich foliage colours and colourful flowers of these reliable plants.

1 min read
The Gardener
March 2020

Good bed-mates!

What you plant together in a bed should look like they were born for each other.

1 min read
The Gardener
March 2020

The War of the Roses

The ‘Iceberg’ roses in this marvellous garden have a story to tell.

4 mins read
The Gardener
March 2020

COVER CROPS FOR THE SOIL

Timeless remedies

3 mins read
The Gardener
March 2020

HERBS for VEGGIES

Herbs and vegetables that are good companions in the garden often complement one another in flavour when cooked together or used in salads.

4 mins read
The Gardener
March 2020

A QUICK GUIDE to keeping your ferns alive

‘Pteridomania’ (Fern Fever) is the term coined in 1855 to describe the fern craze that was sweeping across Victorian England at the time.

3 mins read
The Gardener
March 2020

Plant Your Own Bog Garden

If out of the ordinary is what you’re looking for, look no further than bog gardens and the endless list of quirky, offbeat plants.

4 mins read
The Gardener
March 2020

Superb Boetabessie For Coastal And Water-Wise Gardens

Known by many common names, including bietou, boneseed, tick berry, brother berry, bush-tick berry, boetabessie, bosluisbessie, bokbessie and skilpadkos, this member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) with bright yellow flowers is very well known by its old name, Chrysanthemoides monilifera.

2 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019

The Great Indoors

HOW TO ENHANCE YOUR INTERIOR WITH PLANTS

5 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019

Selectively Targeting Caterpillars

Using beneficial bacteria as an efective solution to caterpillar outbreaks.

2 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019

Three Eye-Catching Mixers

Modern varieties of small plants growing no taller than shin high can add a powerful punch to your summer beds or pots.

2 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019

Same Same, But Different...

Some begonia hybrids are made for pots, and because they go with just about anything we added some beautiful foliage contrast.

1 min read
The Gardener
November 2019

Tuscan Treasure

Two years ago Nolan and Lillian Antonie and their young son, Luke, moved into their dream house in Muldersdrift.

3 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019

Dazzle With Begonias

If you really want to know how to make a splash with begonias, visit parks and gardens in summer and be inspired by dazzling displays of massed begonias along with other summer bedding annuals.

2 mins read
The Gardener
November 2019