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Easy and Rewarding Plectranthus

Easy and Rewarding Plectranthus...

Plectranthus is an Old World genus of about 350 species inhabiting warm tropical and subtropical climates principally in the southern hemisphere. Its range extends from sub-Saharan Africa through Madagascar, India and the Indonesian archipelago down to Australia and some Pacific islands. Plectranthus is the largest South African genus in the mint and sage family (Lamiaceae), with 44 species natural to our region, most...
Easy Aloes In Containers

Easy Aloes In Containers...

All aloes are easy to grow, and their architectural qualities make them excellent candidates for container gardening. What makes aloes suddenly so trendy? Clearly their water-wise nature is one attraction. But their sudden popularity is mostly due to two characteristics: their striking architectural shape and/or their textural foliage. Both of these qualities are extremely important in the creation of a contemporary...
Grow Blood Lily, Fireball Lily, Paintbrush Lily . . .

Grow Blood Lily, Fireball Lily, Paintbrush Lily . ...

Dazzling, though somewhat bizarre-looking plants, there is, nevertheless, something special about them. Among the most beautiful cultivated ornamental bulbs, the southern African natives, Haemanthus and Scadoxus may be perceived as brilliant, brazen blood lilies or demure, soft, powderpuffs — in either guise they can surprise and delight you. They have a wide distribution from lowland to mountain forest, forest margins...
Seductive Jasmine

Seductive Jasmine...

Plant Jasmine and experience the delight of a very fragrant spring and summer garden. The sweet fragrance of the jasmine flower makes it a welcome plant in many gardens. The plant parts have several uses from making tea to perfume, cosmetics, medicines and food flavourings. The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian yasmin which means ‘a gift from God’ — so named because of the intense fragrance of...
Alluring Agapanthus

Alluring Agapanthus...

Easy-to-grow Agapanthus produce glorious clusters of lily-like blooms that last throughout the summer. The six or so species that comprise the genus Agapanthus (African Lily) are found growing wild along the coastal belt and inland mountainous regions of southern Africa. These clump forming perennials have been collected from their natural habitats and developed into many spectacular garden hybrids that adorn landscapes...
Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs

Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs...

The ancestors of today's proteas were present hundreds of millions of years ago. The Proteaceae are an ancient family, probably one of the oldest groups of flowering plants. Scientific probes into the early history of plant‑life have shown that the ancestors of today’s proteas were present in Gondwanaland long before it began breaking up 300 million years ago. Paleontological studies indicate that this...
Gratifying Gerbera daisies

Gratifying Gerbera daisies...

In the right conditions, the plants will flower for many months through summer and into winter. Vividly coloured Gerberas (also known as Barberton daisy or Transvaal daisy) are highly decorative and have a long flowering season. They are ideal for indoor arrangements because they last for a long time. The familiar and attractive Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a member of the Compositae family. The genus, Gerbera...
Strelitzia — the Bird of Paradise or Crane Flower

Strelitzia — the Bird of Paradise or Crane Flowe...

Strelitzia is an easy plant to grow in the garden. This striking perennial is one of South Africa’s most successful plant exports! It forms sturdy clumps of grey‑green banana‑like leaves and boasts unique and wonderful bird‑like orange‑and‑blue flowers. STRELITZIA REGINAE The fascinating blooms of Strelitzia reginae are sold as cut flowers by the million. In Los Angeles strelitzias are so extensively...
Fantastically easy ferns

Fantastically easy ferns...

    There are at least 10 000 species of ferns growing throughout the world.     In shady places, and in containers on verandahs or indoors, ferns create delicate patterns of green and mix well with other shade‑loving plants.   Ferns are among the most ancient plants on earth, first appearing over 400 million years ago. They reproduce by means of minute spores, which usually develop on the undersides of the...
Superb Scabiosa

Superb Scabiosa...

Scabiosa bloom from late spring through to the first months of autumn     Easy-to-grow Scabiosa must be one of the prettiest garden flowers. Growing in small clumps, the flowerheads stand above the foliage, gently moving with the slightest breeze.  On warm summer days, butterflies are often seen on the flowers, for Scabiosa is one of their favourite nectar plants. The Dipsacaceae or Scabious family is found in...

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