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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...
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...
Easy to grow Shasta Daisies

Easy to grow Shasta Daisies...

The mid-summer blooms of Shasta Daisies make them a backbone plant for the perennial garden.The simple white flowers with yellow button centres are a symbol of purity and are perfect for cutting. Easy to grow, they are a favourite for beginner flower gardeners and are effective when planted in small groups. Just over 100 years ago, horticulturalist Luther Burbank introduced his Shasta Daisy to the world. Burbank had spent...
Elegant Carnations and Pinks

Elegant Carnations and Pinks...

You can grow carnations and pinks almost anywhere, provided you give them a well drained position and plenty of sun. Few flowers can rival the carnation’s beauty and sweet scent, and the home gardener has many varieties of this popular perennial to choose from Carnations are among the most elegant of flowers, their ruffled blooms contributing to a popularity rivalled by few other plants. Their variety of colour...
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...
Popular and rewarding Foxgloves

Popular and rewarding Foxgloves...

The Foxglove is a wonderful, statuesque plant; well suited to cottage gardens. The Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is a large, showy plant — a striking addition to any shade garden. They look best grouped toward the back of a bed, where their blossoms will brighten an otherwise gloomy spot. Flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink, rose, lavender and purple grow on spikes that vary in height depending on the variety. The...
Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow

Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow...

Hollyhocks are easy to grow plants that are old favourites and are getting new attention as gardening trends evolve. Hollyhocks are the quintessential cottage garden flower. The resurgence in Hollyhock popularity comes from several factors. Renewed interest in cottage gardens, a desire for drought and heat tolerance in garden flowers and the introduction of many new varieties are all helping fuel their new popularity. The...

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