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Pretty, Easy Petunias

Pretty, Easy Petunias...

Petunias are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and are available in a wide range of colours, flower forms, and growth habits.  Petunias are amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers. Native to South America, the first petunia specimen (Petunia multiflora) was collected by an explorer at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata and was white in colour. The original varieties were strong-growing...
Asters for every garden

Asters for every garden...

Excellent for massed bedding and as a cut flower, asters are easy to grow and there are both annual and perennial varieties (annual asters sown for late summer bedding are properly called callistephus).   Single, double and pompon aster flowers come in many delightful colours Asters grow well in average soils, but needs full sun. Although some varieties flower in summer, Asters are best known for being a beautiful...
Grow alluring Pansies

Grow alluring Pansies...

The choice of colours and markings on pansies is extraordinary.   Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are among the earliest flowering spring plants, blooming right alongside the spring bulbs. The name pansy is from the French word pensie, meaning thought or remembrance. The pansy is a delicate looking flower often with a dark centre or “face”. Pansies are one of three well-loved garden plants contained in...
Growing Parsley

Growing Parsley...

Parsley plants do well in sun or partial shade, and prefer a rich, moist soil. Parsley deserves recognition for more than its role as a garnish. It is rich in vitamins, a good source of iron, and freshens your breath, as well. Common parsley, Petroselinium crispum, a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae), is well known for its use as a garnish or as a flavouring in many dishes and salads. The curly varieties...
Rewarding Basil

Rewarding Basil...

Basil has a wide distribution, occurring in tropical Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands. Basil is an annual with an upright branching habit of growth and glossy, toothed oblong leave, it grows to a height of 30-45cm with the same spread. Basil germinates easily from seeds and these can be sown in trays in August and kept protected until all danger of frost is past. Once the seedlings reach the four‑leaf stage they...
The much-loved Nasturtium

The much-loved Nasturtium...

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are loved for their rich jewel-like colours. Although generally thought of as annuals, most varieties can be grown year-round in warmer areas. One of the easiest of all annuals, nasturtiums do best in poor soil. If given rich soil, especially soil with high nitrogen content, they produce plenty of leaves, but few flowers. Sow seeds in direct sun or very light shade. Traditionally grown...
Charming Phlox

Charming Phlox...

With their long flowering period, phlox are ideal for easy-care summer gardens.     Looking for a brightly coloured display of profusely blooming flowers? Try growing Phlox. Here is an old fashioned annual that deserves more recognition than it gets. The large clusters of flowers are very showy on compact plants. Compact is an understatement, as these plants grow only 15-30 cm tall. The most common Phlox is annual....
Colourful Zinnias

Colourful Zinnias...

Zinnias are popular border plants and good for cutting       For brilliant colour in the hottest, sunniest part of the garden, zinnias are ideal. Zinnias are available in almost every colour shade except the blues, and in a range of sizes from tiny dwarf plants with charming miniature flowers to large plants with ruffled and curly petals (yes, the hybridists have been very busy, much to the advantage of this...
The Flower Garden

The Flower Garden...

Annuals give life and sparkle to the garden. Many  Southern Hemisphere gardeners are fortunate as the mild climate allows them to have both summer and winter gardens. Annuals give life and sparkle to the garden, providing a change of scene from season to season and  year to year. It pays handsomely to take pencil to paper and plan the summer and winter bedding schemes before the sowing seasons. Use foliage plants...

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