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Clivia — an elegant winter bloomer

Clivia — an elegant winter bloomer...

Clivia flowers are usually orange with yellowish centres, but there are forms that bear scarlet, dark red, salmon, and yellow flowers.   Clivia is a wonderful flowering plant. Elegant and imposing, it’s easier to grow than an orchid and more unusual than an amaryllis. A Clivia plant will produce dense clusters of lily-like flowers. Equally important, the strap-like, dark evergreen leaves are virtually blemish...
Growing heathers and heaths

Growing heathers and heaths...

Easy-to-grow heathers bring year-round colour to gardens in almost any climate.     Heathers are incredible plants that offer real value for money. As a group they flower all year round and individually can be in bloom for several months, with few other plants able to rival the winter-flowering forms for sheer flower power at that time of the year. The flowers vary from the purest white, through pinks and reds...
Grow a Butterfly Garden

Grow a Butterfly Garden...

When quizzed on the subject of butterflies a small child was heard to say, 'butterflies are worms with wings'. Well, that about explains it! Butterflies are among the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. By planting a butterfly garden with all of the right kinds of plants and flowers that butterflies love to feed on and lay eggs on, you will certainly have a yard full of butterflies throughout...
Gazania — an easy to grow gem from Africa

Gazania — an easy to grow gem from Africa...

  Indigenous gazanias growing in their native habitat endure poor soil, baked conditions and drought and still produce boldly coloured flowers.   Gazania, a flamboyant, variable and versatile plant is the trademark of the unique country landscapes in Namaqualand (the wild flower region in South Africa’s western extremities) and the pride of the flower route in South Africa. This genus of 16 species of...
Popular easy-to-grow indigenous plants

Popular easy-to-grow indigenous plants...

Indigenous plants can contribute to a robust and colourful garden. There is such a wide variety of in­digenous species available to home gardeners that most should be able to grow at least one South African plant — and probably more. Indigenous plants vary in size from small, prostrate plants of delicate beauty, to giant trees, in the same way as exotic or introduced plants, and can fulfil many uses in both small...
Grow a wildflower meadow

Grow a wildflower meadow...

Wildflower meadows have become increasingly popular in recent years, as gardeners combine low-maintenance design with eco considerations. Creating one involves a lot more than sprinkling a wildflower seed mix on your lawn, though. Vast tracts of South Africa form part of the Grassland Biome. The Grassland Biome is found chiefly on the high central plateau of South Africa, and the inland areas of KwaZulu-Natal and the...
Growing indigenous

Growing indigenous...

The cultivation of indigenous plants — from the largest trees to the daintiest climbers and ground covers — can be rewarding for even the most inexperienced gardener. More and more South African gar­deners are planting indigenous shrubs and trees in their garden — plants once only seen growing wild. Indigenous plants make an attractive and hardier alternative to exotic plants. Indigenous plants make an attractive...
Hardy and Colourful Geraniums

Hardy and Colourful Geraniums...

These versatile plants are perfect for any sunny spot that calls for a splash of vibrant colour. Geraniums are easy to grow plants that fit well in home gardens, container gardens,  flowerbeds, and even as houseplants. The plants generally known as gera­niums are in fact pelargoniums, and are indigenous to South Africa. They were taken to Europe during the 17th cen­tury, and by the end of the 18th cen­tury had become...
Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow

Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow...

  Arum Lilies are among the world's most known plants. Arum Lilies growing in a large clump on the Eastern Cape Province's Wild Coast ARUM LILY  (Zantedeschia aethiopica) The familiar Arum Lily, with its opulent and sophisticated pure white spathes which brighten up watercourses and wetlands throughout the region in spring and summer, belongs to an indigenous genus which is restricted to the African continent....
Africa’s Aloes deliver Blazing Colour

Africa’s Aloes deliver Blazing Colour...

June, July and August bring glorious colour to the countryside as aloes flower   Many of Southern Africa’s Aloe species are about to bloom, attracting bees, butterflies and a vast array of garden birds. Enjoy the spectacle. Barbara Jeppe described 139 species of Aloe in “Aloes of South Africa”. There are aloes flowering somewhere in the region throughout the year. The peak months are June, July and August,...

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