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Forever Beautiful

GET THE LOOK There are so many times when roses evoke a ‘wow’ from us! This bed, planted up with pale lemon ‘Forever Busy’ together with ‘Bridal Pink’ and ‘Amarula Profusion’ with purple ‘Vodacom’ at the back, is one such instance. These floribunda roses show off what floribundas are known for: a multiplicity of blooms that tumble downwards to create a magnificent border. The effect is enhanced by spot-on placing in terms of height. The lowest-growing rose, ‘Amarula Profusion’ (knee height), has been planted in front, with hip-height ‘Forever Busy’ and ‘Bridal Pink’ both in the middle, and ‘Vodacom’ at the back, growing to shoulder height. Other tall-growing pastel roses lead the eye along the bed, with some deep red added for liveliness. This garden, which was part of last year’s Joburg Rose Garden Bus Tour, was designed by Karen Gardelli.

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January 2019

Highveld Colour At Its Best

When her client, who is a florist, asked her to design a garden that 'vomits' colour , Debbie Smit compiled with a garden straight from a storybook.

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January 2019

Getting To Grips With Galls

Plant galls may be unsightly, but they’re no reason to panic!

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January 2019

Cape Hollyhocks Ideal For The Shade Garden

The Cape hollyhock or Kaapse stokroos is a large, ornamental shrub in the mallow family Malvaceae, which includes other South African members like the cross-berry (Grewia occidentalis) and the coast hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus). Named after the Swedish botanist Anders Sparrman (1748 – 1820), there are seven species of Sparrmannia, of which two occur in southern Africa.

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January 2019

Blushing Beauties

Harness the power of pink for your summer garden.

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January 2019

Black Diamonds

As a result of the extremely dry conditions over the last few years, everybody is struggling to find plants that will survive the harsh water restrictions.

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January 2019

Roses' Many Bedfellows

Companion plants for roses need to be carefully picked for success.

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December 2018

Swanky Or Simple...

Seven Herbs For Holiday Entertaining

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December 2018

Caring For Air Plants

They cannot live on air alone!

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December 2018

Nursery School Part 6

Sow the seeds of a lifelong love for nature by introducing your sprouts to these playful and rewarding projects with plants.

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December 2018

In A Class Of Their Own… Apricot Roses

Apricot roses are a favourite with gardeners who want the best of both worlds – soft pastel colours that also have an intensity of colour that stands up to our long, sunny days.

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December 2018

Beauty And Creativity

This home by the sea is complemented by a garden that is both practical and gorgeous.

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December 2018

Beautiful Silver Vernonia – Ideal For Summer Borders

The silver vernonia is a striking member of the daisy family Asteraceae.

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December 2018

3 Great Summer-Flowering Shrubs

Summer gardens throughout most of the country are luxuriant with trees and shrubs in full growth. Many produce an abundance of blooms during the heart of the growing season, adding to the allure of these warm months. The flowers are offset by a background of greenery that is often in stark contrast to winter and spring, when so many blooms appear before the new spring leaves. Shrubs perform many important functions in the garden, including creating a permanent foundation to give the landscape shape and form. Flowering shrubs add a little extra to the entire garden when they’re in full bloom.

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December 2018

Root-To-Stem

Thrifty gardeners like to use every part of the vegetable.

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November 2018

Spring At Maasstrom Farm

A vista of 400 rose varieties with the Kaga Mountains as a backdrop welcomes visitors to the MaasstrmFarm Garden.

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November 2018

Our Air Plant Picks

Choose the right air plant for you.

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November 2018

Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers

When planting up a large, multi-dimensional container as a focal point that can be viewed from all sides, use the following guide for a perfect mix of plants.

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November 2018

Slugs And Snails

Mitigating the menace of maraudingmolluscs.

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November 2018

Just In Time For Christmas

Christmas is a time to go all out with decorating our homes, and the finishing touch is definitely amaryllis in full flower.

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November 2018

Nursery School Part 5

Sow the seeds of a lifelong love for nature by introducing your sprouts to these playful and rewarding projects with plants.

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November 2018

Extraordinary Medusa's Head Euphorbia For Water-wise Gardens

Euphorbia caput-medusae

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November 2018

African Thunder

A SouthAfrican designer took the Singapore Garden Show by storm with his creative show garden.

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November 2018

3 Top Summer-flowering Perennials

Flowering perennials lend a welcome splash of colour to the summer garden, and the blooming period often extends through autumn to the onset of winter.

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November 2018

Tips To Trump Weeds

With every new awakening after winter comes the weeds, and if you neglect to kill them off they will keep on multiplying, multiplying, multiplying…

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October 2018

Striking, Dependable Pineapple Lilies

The exceptionally long-lasting flower heads of the summer-growing Eucomis species have captivated gardeners around the world for centuries.

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October 2018

Set Spring A Bloom

In the right conditions Japanese flowering cherries can be utterly spectacular, twice a year. 

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October 2018

Ready For Roasting!

Like comedians, vegetables can do with a good roasting.

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October 2018

Living From The Air

Air plants, air ferns, oxygen plants, tillandsias, Spanish moss, old man’s beard, air bromeliad…

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October 2018

Sunny Side Up

New roses for summer.

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October 2018