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Mint — refreshing and flavourful

Mint — refreshing and flavourful...

The mint family offers a delicious variety of refreshing scents and flavours. Plant a patch of mint and add refreshing fragrance to your garden. Undemanding and easy to grow, mint boasts a hearty constitution, often growing where other plants fail. Versatile in the kitchen, use mint fresh or dried to season culinary creations from soups, to beverages, to vegetables, to meats, to desserts. The mint family offers a...
Growing Herbs — an introduction

Growing Herbs — an introduction...

All over the world people grow herbs — in vegetable and perennials gardens, in containers, or on windowsills. And with good reason! Herbs are perhaps the most useful plants. They add flavour to our foods, and provide us with cures when used in medicines. Herbs are also attractive and add colour, interesting textures and forms, and rich or subtle fragrances to the home and garden. One frequently asked question — what...
Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow

Opulent Arum Lilies are easy to grow...

  Arum Lilies are among the world's most known plants. Arum Lilies growing in a large clump on the Eastern Cape Province's Wild Coast ARUM LILY  (Zantedeschia aethiopica) The familiar Arum Lily, with its opulent and sophisticated pure white spathes which brighten up watercourses and wetlands throughout the region in spring and summer, belongs to an indigenous genus which is restricted to the African continent....
Easy growing Hostas

Easy growing Hostas...

For foliage effect, Hosta is one of the best plants available Grown for their luxuriant, decorative foliage, plantain lilies are hardy, herbaceous perennials from the Far East There is a special value in having plants which have beauty in both flowers and foliage. In this respect, the Hostas or ‘Plantain Lilies’ are well nigh supreme and it is small wonder that in recent years when foliage effect has become...
Fuchsia Profusion

Fuchsia Profusion...

The fuchsia is perhaps one of the most versatile of all flowering shrubs and certainly one of the most beautiful. Even the rose can­not rival it for ability to produce flowers as it blooms from early summer until well into autumn.   Originally from South and Central America fuchsias are very popular in gardens today. Fuchsias will grow in various shapes — as upright bushes of all heights, from dwarfs of a few centimetres...
Rewarding Basil

Rewarding Basil...

Basil has a wide distribution, occurring in tropical Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands. Basil is an annual with an upright branching habit of growth and glossy, toothed oblong leave, it grows to a height of 30-45cm with the same spread. Basil germinates easily from seeds and these can be sown in trays in August and kept protected until all danger of frost is past. Once the seedlings reach the four‑leaf stage they...
The much-loved Nasturtium

The much-loved Nasturtium...

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are loved for their rich jewel-like colours. Although generally thought of as annuals, most varieties can be grown year-round in warmer areas. One of the easiest of all annuals, nasturtiums do best in poor soil. If given rich soil, especially soil with high nitrogen content, they produce plenty of leaves, but few flowers. Sow seeds in direct sun or very light shade. Traditionally grown...
Charming Phlox

Charming Phlox...

With their long flowering period, phlox are ideal for easy-care summer gardens.     Looking for a brightly coloured display of profusely blooming flowers? Try growing Phlox. Here is an old fashioned annual that deserves more recognition than it gets. The large clusters of flowers are very showy on compact plants. Compact is an understatement, as these plants grow only 15-30 cm tall. The most common Phlox is annual....
Colourful Zinnias

Colourful Zinnias...

Zinnias are popular border plants and good for cutting       For brilliant colour in the hottest, sunniest part of the garden, zinnias are ideal. Zinnias are available in almost every colour shade except the blues, and in a range of sizes from tiny dwarf plants with charming miniature flowers to large plants with ruffled and curly petals (yes, the hybridists have been very busy, much to the advantage of this...
Versatile Shrubs

Versatile Shrubs...

Whether your garden is a tiny subur­ban plot or several thousand square metres in extent, you can have year‑round interest and beauty by growing shrubs. Shrubs are among the most versatile of garden plants. They serve as a rich background to other plants. Planted in good soil, shrubs require little or no fer­tiliser, very little pruning and seldom any spraying against pests or diseases. They will reward you in many...

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