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Reliable, colourful and easy Anemone

Reliable, colourful and easy Anemone...

In the flower bed Anemone coronaria will produce flowers over a period of several months. It is also an excellent subject for container gardening. Anemones have rich bright colours that are great for mass colour in garden beds in sunny positions. Anemones also make great cut flowers and produce successions of blooms over a long period. The Anemone family is a large one (over 120 species), but it is Anemone coronaria,...
Brilliantly coloured Sweet William

Brilliantly coloured Sweet William...

Perhaps the best known of the Dianthus clan is Sweet William which bears its brilliantly coloured blooms in large clusters at the top of stout stems. Sweet William is a traditional cottage plant famous for its late spring and early summer colour and sweet clove-like perfume. Dense clusters of flowers are produced on sturdy self supporting well branched stems in a superb mix of complimentary colours. Sweet William...
Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas

Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas...

Sweet peas are an easy annual from seed because you can direct seed them into the garden. The Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is one of the most attractive, highly scented and prolific of all the annuals. The flowers vary in colour — red, blue, lavender and pink and white. Depending on the cultivar, they can be solid colours, bicolours or streaked. Sweet peas will provide you with masses of cut flowers for at least...
Easy, Charming Columbines

Easy, Charming Columbines...

Columbines (Aquilegia x hybrida) are sometimes known as Granny’s Bonnets. Their charming flowers, and attractive foliage, are delightful. The popular hybrids originate from species originating in both North America and Europe. Columbines are perennial in cold climates, but are best treated as annuals in temperate climates. The Columbine is an easy plant to grow because it adapts itself to a wide variety of conditions. Columbines...
Easy, low-maintenance ground covers

Easy, low-maintenance ground covers...

Ground covers can be among the most attractive and useful plant groupings in your home landscape. Easy to grow ground covers can often be more attractive than lawns. Their flowers and foliage bring colour and brightness to difficult areas in the garden. Ground covering plants are just that — they spread or creep over the ground to form a dense, living carpet of foliage which can take the place of a lawn or fulfil...
Easy Irises — an introduction

Easy Irises — an introduction...

: Iris is an easily propagated perennial that comes in a rainbow of colours. Irises are among the easiest of perennials to grow, and they give an abundance of beauty with minimum care. From the stately bearded iris down to tiny plants that grow from bulbs, the iris provides a delicate beauty throughout the year. Irises are ancient garden plants, which were cultivated in parts of Asia long before the Christian Era....
Planting and caring for lilies

Planting and caring for lilies...

Lilies are favourites of florists, landscape designers, and home gardeners alike. Lilies are as easy to grow as any other perennial if you select varieties that are suited to your growing region and follow a few simple rules Choosing the bulbs and preparing the soil Most lilies will grow in any well drained soil. If possible, choose a north facing position (south facing in the northern hemisphere), on a slight slope...
Graceful Lilies are easy to grow

Graceful Lilies are easy to grow...

Lilies rank among the most beautiful, and graceful, of all summer-blooming plants. Lilies add rich colours and splendid form to almost any landscape. From the classic to the ornate, they will delight your senses and enhance your gardening experience. Lilies provide an easy to grow, colourful addition to your garden and landscape. By choosing a combination of early, mid-season, and late-blooming cultivars, you can...
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...
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...

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