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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...
Easy, captivating, Bromeliads

Easy, captivating, Bromeliads...

The flowers of bromeliads, which can bloom at almost any time of year, are usually striking and brilliantly coloured. What is the phenomenon of allure and captivation bromeliads exert over people? Maybe it is just the whole fascinating gamut of the bromeliad family. But be warned, the bug will get you — once you take one home, they are addictive. Bromeliads are mainly tropical, rosette‑forming plants that differ...
Easy to grow Herbes de Provence

Easy to grow Herbes de Provence...

Basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, and thyme are essential ingredients that are easy to grow. Herbes de Provence, or Provençal herbs, is a traditional blend of aromatic herbs that flourish in hills of southern France during the hot summer months. Used by the handful when fresh, Herbes de Provence is also good using dried herbs. It is easy to grow and blend your own. Basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, summer savory,...
Using Plants Indoors — an introduction

Using Plants Indoors — an introduction...

There is an almost limitless choice of plants for indoor use. What the individual gardener selects must be partly governed, of course, by the conditions he or she can provide. But since most plants are surprisingly adaptable, there remains a large choice for almost any type of environment. There are no rules for the kinds of plant that can be used to decorate a home. There are no rules for the kinds of plant that can...
Begonia — the garden show-offs

Begonia — the garden show-offs...

Seemingly infinite variety characterises the genus Begonia. Seemingly infinite variety characterises the genus Begonia. They can brighten up both your indoor and outdoor gardens. Probably the most prized though not the most widely grown are tuberous begonias, whose name belies their fulsome displays of mid- to late-summer bloom. The flowers often resemble roses or carnations, and they rarely...
Reliable, easy-to-grow Veronica

Reliable, easy-to-grow Veronica...

Veronica ranges from prostrate rock garden specimens right up to 90cm tall cutting-garden plants. Veronica, often called Speedwell, is a favourite perennial border plant flowering from summer through to autumn. It is a great plant for attracting bees, butterflies and birds and with its tall flower spikes and deep green foliage is an excellent accent plant. Veronica blooms for an unusually long time for a perennial. There...
Growing Ornamental Grasses

Growing Ornamental Grasses...

Grasses are not a summer fancy. They add interest to all seasons. Ornamental grasses can be used as fillers or specimens, border plants or background plantings, as ground covers or screens, or they may be grown as container plants. Their adaptability and subtle beauty make them perfect companions to flowering plants and other woody ornamentals. Grasses can be used in the landscape just like perennials, but their...
Sage — a kitchen gardener’s dream plant

Sage — a kitchen gardener’s dream plant...

Sage is a powerful antioxidant and antibacterial, so its culinary use probably started out more as a preservative than a flavouring. Sage is a member of the mint family and there are over 750 different varieties of sage scattered across our planet. The sage varieties used as culinary herbs stem from the Mediterranean and Asia Minor and Sage has been grown in Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Sage is a woody, hardy...

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