Hurry, Up In Hogsback
Take a slow walk through a garden named Hurry.
Shiny, Brightly-Coloured Koi
There are many different varieties of koi, but they can be generally classified into bright and shiny with metallic colours, and non-metallic.
Get Good Looking Roses This October
Last chance to prune or do corrective pruning
Fireworks In A Pot
An asymmetrical design helps to create balance in this pot of variegated green and bright red.
Fine Planting Is Fynbos!
Heritage plants like proteas, pincushions, blushing brides and cone bushes are common sights in garden centres nowadays, so there’s no excuse for not planting some of your own.
Dwarf In Size Huge In Flower Power
These prize performers produce masses of flowers over a long period.
Chelsea In Pictures
There is a carnival atmosphere at the start of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Basic Wiring Techniques
The technique of using wire to change the shapes and styles of bonsai trees developed around the middle of the 18th century in Japan, so as far as the ancient art of bonsai goes it is a fairly new technique.
3 Glorious Coral Trees Blooming In August
Erythrinas or coral trees are amongst the most colourful and spectacular of our indigenous flowering trees, their vibrant blooms dominating the landscape during late winter and early spring both in the wild and in suburban gardens. The nectarrich flowers are frequented by birds in a wide array of different species, adding to the allure of these magnificent trees. Hybrids and colour variants add to the range found in gardens. Erythrinas propagate easily from seed, cuttings or large truncheons.
Stunning Barberton Daisies
One of South Africa’s most important contributions to world horticulture is the Barberton daisy, a beautiful, usually orange- or red-flowered herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family.
A Love Letter
Can you write a love letter to ensnare a husband (or wife)?
3 Succulents That Contrast Splendidly With Aloes
Many other succulent-type plants combine effectively with aloes in the garden. Some have contrasting foliage both in terms of colour and texture, adding interest to the landscape and enhancing year-round good looks. These three indigenous plants are ideal companion plants for aloes of every shape and size – they have colourful foliage and attractive flowers that add to their appeal. Use them in gardens or plant them in mixed succulent pots for a lovely display that requires very little water.
Plan For Success
July is when winter really starts to bite. Everything goes dormant, including the gardener, which makes this the month to plan for spring and summer, look back at lessons learnt, and undertake the basic garden tasks at a leisurely pace.
Tough, Showy Noorsdoring Euphorbia For Water-Wise Gardens
Euphorbia is a large and very diverse, cosmopolitan genus in the Euphorbiaceae family consisting of about 1500 species, occurring in most parts of the world except for the polar regions.
Shopping For The Perfect Tree
Tree planting is about visualising an end result and then having the energy and patience to make it a reality. It’s also about thinking before you plant.
Viva La Difference
how to prune different rose types
ALOES: Get On Trend In 2017
Smaller aloe hybrids are adding a new dimension to the family’s appeal.
Growing Orchids In The Garden
It might sound surprising, but there are quite a few orchids that can be grown in the garden, planted in normal garden soil. While most of us think of orchids as epiphytic, there are many terrestrial (growing in soil) orchid species around the world as well, and in South Africa there are more of the indigenous terrestrial orchids than epiphytes.
The world thinks we are a rubble nation. So why don’t we realise this ourselves?
Showy Buttonbushes For The Fynbos Garden
The buttonbush or vleiknoppiesbos (Berzelia lanuginosa) is one of the familiar components of fynbos vegetation, and a member of the family Bruniaceae.
Although flowering bonsai are very popular in some regions of the world, particularly in Japan and the USA, beautiful flowering bonsai in South Africa are fairly rare. Most our indigenous trees do not produce huge masses of flowers like many of the trees in Japan, and the few that do are not really suited for bonsai. One of the most commonly used exotic species is the bougainvillea, while azaleas are also quite popular.
Proudly South African
A Watchdog's Garden
A large family dog and an avid gardener don’t necessarily make for a peaceful team in any backyard, but there are ways of establishing a truce that can be lived with.
Gardening In Small Spaces
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to an exciting garden.
Taking Urban Gardening On Ward
This show stand was a great example of how to make a small space interesting and full of complexity.
Stylish Restoration In Saxonwold
Joburg’s venerable trees have been treated with the respect they deserve in a garden makeover that features roses, roses and more roses.
Striking Cobra Lily For Seasonal Colour
Although commonly called the cobra lily due to its hooded upper petal, Chasmanthe aethiopica is actually a member of the iris family (Iridaceae).
Stop And Smell The Roses
Make use of the new varieties of fragrant roses becoming available.
How many koi can I keep in my pond?
To determine how many koi your pond can hold, you need to take into consideration a number of factors.
Their true beauty is blowing in the wind.