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Mandevilla, Or Is It Dipladenia?

Call them what you will, these freeflowering plants just get better and brighter as new hybrids make their mark.

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The Gardener
April 2017

Rolling Out The Royal Purple

Purple may be an uncommon colour for garden flowers, but there are some spectacular indigenous plants that you can use to bring it into the garden.

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The Gardener
April 2017

A Garden Full Of Rooms

When the time has come, the best way to scale down is to surround and enclose yourself with much-loved plants...

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The Gardener
April 2017

New Trends for Shade

Stumperies make a comeback

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The Gardener
March 2017

Heaven Scent Indigenous Plants

I magine sitting in your favourite spot in the garden. Now add the sweet scent of wild jasmine wafting on the breeze, and the nutmeggy, spicy scent of Cape may that you’ve just brushed past. In this way, clever placement of scented and aromatic plants can bring enchantment to your garden. 

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The Gardener
March 2017

Architects of Creativity

Gardening is an extension of one’s self and one’s lifestyle, and nowhere is this more evident than this creative garden in East Griqualand

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The Gardener
March 2017

the colours of mexico

when it comes to colour and vibrancy, there’s nothing like mexican garden or patio styles for inspiration. sunny yellow, electric blue, warm oranges and reds are all combined in a colour scheme that shouts bold and beautiful. 

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the gardener
feb 2017

an apple a day, the​​​​​​​ doctor's way...

a while back we were approached by dr nevin stewart, a hobby cider maker from guildford in surrey, england, to see if we were interested in sharing his ‘juice and strain’ method of making apple cider at home. when it comes to apple season there is always a good supply around, and what better way to use them up? what we wanted to verify before publishing is how easy it is to find the equipment you need in south africa, and also how easy cider really is to make. while experimenting with beer brewing for the ultimate braai magazine, we also made good use of the time and made a batch of apple cider, with the help of brad and chris from beer bros. our conclusion? cider is very easy to make, and is very tasty indeed. we’ve adjusted the steps for local products available. this is nevin’s story:  

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the gardener
feb 2017

A Family Affair

From mother to daughter. This is a delightful story of how a talented young woman has successfully built on the foundations of a gracious garden laid down by her equally gifted mother.

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The Gardener
Feb 2017

Jumbo Koi

Having jumbo koi in your koi pond is highly sought after, and they are amazing to own. They look like giant submarines cruising around your pond.

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The Gardener
January 2017

New Year's Resolutions

GET THE LOOK Come hither: There’s nothing more alluring than when a garden beckons from behind a gate, especially if the gateway is framed with roses. The terra cotta pot on the one side of this entrance contains ‘Garden and Home’ as the main feature, with ‘Granny’s Delight’ spilling over the edge and blue lobelia tucked in for extra colour. Other roses that would work just as well are ‘Avril Elizabeth’, ‘Clocolan’, ‘Candice’, ‘Crimson Velvet Dress’, ‘Remember Me’, ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Sunny Ayoba’, ‘Easy Does It’ and ‘Perfumery’. On the other side of the entrance, ‘Deloitte and Touche’ peeps shyly around the corner, while standard ‘Iceberg’ roses, with their abundance of blooms, entice one into the main garden and provide a dazzling contrast to the cerise bougainvillea and purple Solanum rantonnetii. Instead of ‘Iceberg’ try ‘French Panarosa’ or ‘Lioness GrandiRosa’. If you are wanting to kick-start the new year with a special garden project, perhaps this will provide the inspiration.

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January 2017

A Spectacular Coral Tree

Erythrina lysistemon.

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January 2017

Shaping Dreams

I just want a beautiful garden, nothing more and nothing less.

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The Gardener
January 2017

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

Why not give the gift of greenery this festive season.

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December 2016

A Rosy Christmas

GET THE LOOKSunny patios are the ideal place for showing off roses, especially those with fragrance. This built-in plant box that defines the outer edge of the living area is filled to capacity with roses: ‘Amarula Profusion’ cascading outwards and downwards, ‘Garden and Home’ growing upwards, and ‘Garden Queen’ adding a splash of contrasting colour.

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The Gardener
December 2016

Hydrangeas Summer = Flower Power

Don’t forget this old faithful for summer flowers in the semi-shade.

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December 2016

Landscapes in seascapes

Meticulous site planning and the careful selection of salt- and wind-tolerant plants were the key to success in this tough hill-top Plettenberg Bay garden.

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December 2016

Up Close And Personal With The Chelsea Flower Show

Inspiration from the keynote gardens.

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The Gardener
August 2016

Indigenous Hedges And Screens: Keeping It Green

Many gardeners are hesitant about hedges and unsure about screens. A hedge, they reason, will take a long time to grow and need a lot of maintenance, but that’s not necessarily so.

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The Gardener
August 2016

Blooming Nicely...

They’re out there and waiting for you – little pots filled with bright colour that will make your indoor spaces blooming beautiful in winter.

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The Gardener
August 2016