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.
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!
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.
UPWARDS AND ONWARDS: vertical veggie growing
Saving space is not the only reason for growing veggies vertically
The Lifestyle College class of 2019 brings us the 2020 Lifestyle Garden Design Show to leave all inspired.
The pathway DESIGN CHECKLIST
Your foolproof guide to pathway planning
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.
STRONG on structure
The difference between mere vegetation and a space called a garden is structure …
Peppy little peperomias
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.
Often referred to as zebra plants or peacock plants, calatheas are known for their bold rounded leaves.
Layer your bulbs
Impressive Quinine Tree For Large Gardens
Tree Of The Month
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).
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.
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?
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.
What you plant together in a bed should look like they were born for each other.
The War of the Roses
The ‘Iceberg’ roses in this marvellous garden have a story to tell.
COVER CROPS FOR THE SOIL
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Great Indoors
HOW TO ENHANCE YOUR INTERIOR WITH PLANTS
Selectively Targeting Caterpillars
Using beneficial bacteria as an efective solution to caterpillar outbreaks.
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.
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.
Two years ago Nolan and Lillian Antonie and their young son, Luke, moved into their dream house in Muldersdrift.
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.