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Hurry, Up In Hogsback

Take a slow walk through a garden named Hurry.

3 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

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.

1 min read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

Get Good Looking Roses This October

Last chance to prune or do corrective pruning

2 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

Fireworks In A Pot

An asymmetrical design helps to create balance in this pot of variegated green and bright red.

1 min read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

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.

3 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

Dwarf In Size Huge In Flower Power

These prize performers produce masses of flowers over a long period.

4 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

Chelsea In Pictures

There is a carnival atmosphere at the start of the Chelsea Flower Show.

1 min read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

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.

4 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

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.

2 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

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.

2 mins read
The Gardener
Aug 2017

A Love Letter

Can you write a love letter to ensnare a husband (or wife)?

4 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

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.

1 min read
The Gardener
July 2017

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.

4 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

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.

2 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

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.

4 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

Viva La Difference

how to prune different rose types

6 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

ALOES: Get On Trend In 2017

Smaller aloe hybrids are adding a new dimension to the family’s appeal.

3 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

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.

3 mins read
The Gardener
July 2017

Rubble Country!

The world thinks we are a rubble nation. So why don’t we realise this ourselves?

4 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

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.

2 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

Flowering Bonsai

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.

3 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

Pelargoniums

Proudly South African

4 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

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.

4 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

Gardening In Small Spaces

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to an exciting garden.

3 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

Taking Urban Gardening On Ward

This show stand was a great example of how to make a small space interesting and full of complexity.

2 mins read
The Gardener
June 2017

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.

5 mins read
The Gardener
May 2017

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).

3 mins read
The Gardener
May 2017

Stop And Smell The Roses

Make use of the new varieties of fragrant roses becoming available.

3 mins read
The Gardener
May 2017

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.

2 mins read
The Gardener
May 2017

Graceful Grasses

Their true beauty is blowing in the wind.

5 mins read
The Gardener
May 2017