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Delphiniums — Majestic and Colourful

Delphiniums — Majestic and Colourful...

Another name for Delphinium is ‘Larkspur’. These beautiful blooms add a touch of grace to any garden and make a wonderful bouquet of cut flowers that will last about seven days in a vase. The modern delphinium is one of the most spectacular and popular of garden flowers. There are a wide ranges of colours, several flower forms, and varieties of different heights. You can never have too many delphiniums. They...
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...
Gratifying Gerbera daisies

Gratifying Gerbera daisies...

In the right conditions, the plants will flower for many months through summer and into winter. Vividly coloured Gerberas (also known as Barberton daisy or Transvaal daisy) are highly decorative and have a long flowering season. They are ideal for indoor arrangements because they last for a long time. The familiar and attractive Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a member of the Compositae family. The genus, Gerbera...
Strelitzia — the Bird of Paradise or Crane Flower

Strelitzia — the Bird of Paradise or Crane Flowe...

Strelitzia is an easy plant to grow in the garden. This striking perennial is one of South Africa’s most successful plant exports! It forms sturdy clumps of grey‑green banana‑like leaves and boasts unique and wonderful bird‑like orange‑and‑blue flowers. STRELITZIA REGINAE The fascinating blooms of Strelitzia reginae are sold as cut flowers by the million. In Los Angeles strelitzias are so extensively...
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...
Superb Scabiosa

Superb Scabiosa...

Scabiosa bloom from late spring through to the first months of autumn     Easy-to-grow Scabiosa must be one of the prettiest garden flowers. Growing in small clumps, the flowerheads stand above the foliage, gently moving with the slightest breeze.  On warm summer days, butterflies are often seen on the flowers, for Scabiosa is one of their favourite nectar plants. The Dipsacaceae or Scabious family is found in...
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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