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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...
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...
Reliable and colourful Penstemons

Reliable and colourful Penstemons...

Penstemon is growing in popularity and is used in gardens worldwide.   Growing penstemons (also known as Beard Tongue)  is incredibly easy, with very little care and attention required. Purchase plants in summer while in bloom to ensure you get the colour you want. Water regularly during the first season. Once the plants are established they will be fairly drought tolerant. Penstemons are easily grown from seed,...
Camellias made easy

Camellias made easy...

Few shrubs are more rewarding to home gardeners than the camellia, with its glossy, evergreen foliage and delicate flowers that bloom over a long period The most rewarding of all winter-flowering shrubs. In South Africa, interest in camellias has been less noticeable than in other Western countries. This is partly because South African gardeners have not had ready access to the newer hybrids developed in the United States,...
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...

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